Benfica v Zenit St Petersburg tips – back Russians to avoid defeat

Back Russians to avoid defeat in Lisbon



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Betting Tip: Zenit +1.00 @ 10/11 with ladbrokes

It’s hard to judge Zenit considering that the Russian side haven’t played a meaningful game of football for several weeks.

However, the Saint Petersburg side completely owned Champions League Group H where they recorded five straight victories before a 2-1 defeat at Gent where top spot was already assured.

Zenit had previously won home and away against Lyon and Valencia, with Artyom Dzyuba and Hulk the outstanding attacking performers for a team who will fancy getting past Benfica over two games.

The Lisbon side were enjoying an eight match winning run until Friday’s 2-1 home reverse against Porto, although the bottom line is that they came through a relatively easy qualifying group featuring Atletico, Galatasaray and Astana.

In the final group game, Benfica were turned over by Atletico and they will have to contend with some fierce attacking play from the visitors on Tuesday night, with Villas-Boas well accustomed to getting the better of this team after his time with Porto.

Zenit are capable of goals and we’re happy to side with them on the handicap market as a result. They are arguably the better team and should progress over the two games.

Betting Tip: Zenit +1.00 @ 10/11 with ladbrokes

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