Zenit St Petersburg vs Benfica 11/26/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview,Odds and Prediction
Benfica vs Zenit St Petersburg
Wednesday 26th November 2014 17:00 (GMT)
The Line: Zenit 21/20 Draw 5/2 Benfia 3/1 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports ; NBC Sports live
This Champions League group is on a knife edge, Zenit St Petersburg host Benfica here in Russia and the winner could very well be in the driving seat for qualification from the Group. Both Zenit and Benfica have four points and are one point behind Monaco in the group, Monaco face a tough trip to Germany to take on Bayer Leverkusen so a win for Zenit or Benfica will give the winner a leg up. Benfica come into this game on a four game winning streak, Benfica also know that they face a tough last game with Bayer Leverkusen. Led by their young South American midfielders Talisca and Salvio this is a talented side that have been developing under Jorge Jesus. I think this is a big test for Benfica and being in Russia this could be a tough place for this young side to get a result.
On the Zenit side the Russian team has actually been going through a rough patch where they have lost three of their last five in all competitions. Andre villa boas will be urging his side to get on the score sheet early and to settle the nerves against a young energetic Benfica side. With players of the calibre of Witsel, Hulk, Rondon and Javi Garcia there is no doubting the talent here. Zenit also got off to a terrific start in the group winning in Portugal against Benfica although most of that game was played against ten men as Moraes was sent off after eighteen minutes. With that said Zenit looked great on that occasion and need a performance here or they will more than likely end up not qualifying from the Group.
Such a tough game here to handicap, both teams need a result and both have talent in abundance. I am going to go with both teams to score as i think both hold an edge offensively. If i was to pick a winner I would probably side with Zenit as they have the experiene and the home advantage but I like the both teams to score market a little more.