Portuguese side Benfica host big spending Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg at the Estadio Da Luz on Tuesday in the Champions League last 16.
Benfica v Zenit
UEFA Champions League Last-16 1st Leg
Kick-off 19:45 Tuesday 16th February 2016
Live on BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD
Benfica head into this Champions League clash on the back of a 2-1 home defeat against rivals FC Porto. However, the defeat brought to an end a 12 game winning run for the Eagles and they will be highly confident of a win in this clash.
Rui Vitoria’s side have been in prolific form in front of goal of late, scoring 19 goals in their last five games. Ironically their last defeat prior to the one against Porto came against Atletico Madrid in the group stages of this competition. The Portuguese side can be backed at odds of 23/20 with Bet365 to come out on top in this one.
The visitors were one of the big hits of the group stages, recording wins in their first five games, only to lose their last one. Andre Villas-Boas’ side certainly cannot be written-off, but their lack of competitive action since December is likely to hamper their progress in this clash.
Their last competitive game came in the group stages of this competition, when they were beaten by surprise package Gent. Zenit are not likely to be up to match speed, but can be backed at odds of 3/1 at Coral to win this first leg tie.
The draw could be a result to look at in this clash with both teams possessing quality. You can back the game to finish all-square at odds of 12/5 with BetVictor.
For me the home win looks like your best bet in this clash. Benfica were in fine form prior to that Porto defeat and can be backed at odds of 23/20 with Bet365.