Benfica vs Zenit St Petersburg 09/16/2014 UEFA Champions League Pick and Preview
Zenit St Petersburg vs Benfica
Tuesday 16th September 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Benfica 10/11 Draw 13/5 Zenit 7/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports 5; Fox Sports to go
While many discount Zenit St Petersburgh as one of the many cash rich Russian clubs the reality is that Andre Villa Boas has put together a terrific squad of talented players with lots of attacking talent. Hulk, Rondon, Witsel are among the best attacking players in Europe and the addition of Rondon has been inspired as the Venezulean has slotted straight into the side and started scoring goals this season. With a perfect seven wins from seven games the rest of Europe should sit up and take notice. Hulk, Kerzakov and Rondon all offer different threats up front and with Javi Garcia in as a holding midfielder and Alex Witsel pulling the string in midfield Villa Boas finally seems to have got the mix he was looking for.
On the other hand for Benfica Jorge Jesus has got a mix of young players and his squad is currently made up of alot of untested twenty year olds. Benfica lost Matic, Markovich, Cardoza and Garay in the last nine months and have not really replaced them through big money signings. Key again for Benfica this year will be their style of play and aggressive midfield where they harry and harrass when not in possession. Gaitan , Salvio, Talisca and Almeida are key role players here and John or Lima up front will be a focal point of the attack.
This should be a realy interesting game. I am intrigued by the price on Zenit, 7/2 looks too big to me and I will probably play a small bet on Zenit on the handicap but the bet I like most tonight is the overs. Take the over 2.5 goals and cash a winner here as I see both teams being offensively very strong while having some obvious weaknesses at the back. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo