The home advantage in the group stage of the Champions League is often a deciding factor. Away games in some countries are developing into difficult issues due to various circumstances such as weather conditions, space conditions or even cauldron atmospheres.
Today’s Free Betting Tips Zenit St. Petersburg vs Benfica Lisbon
In the premier class this week is the second matchday in the group stage. While the clear favorites can be identified in some groups, Group G, where RB Leipzig is represented, is well balanced. Benfica Lisbon had lost the home advantage to the group start and lost 1: 2 against the Leipzig. Zenit St. Petersburg, however, has taken an important point in Lyon.
Now it comes to the meeting between Zenit St. Petersburg and Benfica Lisbon, where, according to odds of the bookmaker, the Russian representative is favored. But this is not surprising when it comes to the home strength of the Russians on the international stage.
The dress rehearsal before the important Champions League game against Benfica Lisbon was spoiled by a defeat in the top match against Lokomotiv Moscow. Thus, the previous year’s champion has also given the championship lead out of hand. If Zenit St. Petersburg beats Benfica’s home win at home, a tip on the home side will be lucratively rewarded.
Zenit St. Petersburg – Statistics & Current Form
After four years of abstinence Zenit St. Petersburg is back in the premier class. After four consecutive missed the championship title, Zenit took in the last season, the fifth championship title in club history. Thus, there was also the direct start right for the group stage of the premier class.
With the 1-1 draw, the “Lvy” celebrated a successful group opener at Olympique Lyon. After scoring in France Zenit St. Petersburg now wants to take advantage of home advantage and defeat Benfica at home. At home, Zenit knew how to convince on the international stage in recent years. Last season, the “Lvy” lost at home in the first knockout round of the Europa League for the first time after 23 EL home games.
The new competitive season began for Zenit St. Petersburg in early July, where lost in the Super Cup against Lokomotiv Moscow. In the domestic league, the “Lvy” put on a respectable start to the season and had led the table until the last matchday. Ironically, in the top match against Lokomotiv Moscow, the standings were given out of hand.
With only five goals conceded in eleven games, especially the defense in the Russian Premier League had convinced. The defense bulwark of the Russians also showed a strong performance in the group opening match against Olympique Lyon.
In the home game against Benfica Lisbon Zenit St. Petersburg is expected to take again little risk. A peat festival between the two clubs we would exclude due to the defensive of both teams anyway. Zenit coach Sergey Semak has to miss Benfica on Malcolm and Kokorin due to injury.
Expected formation of Zenit St. Petersburg:
➦ Lunev – Karavaev, Ivanovic, Rakistky, Santos – Driussi, Barrios, Osorio, Zhirkov – Dzyuba, Azmoun
Last matches of Zenit St. Petersburg:
⚽️ 28.09.2019 – Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Zenit St Petersburg 1: 0 (Premier League)
⚽️ 25.09.2019 – Yenisei Krasnoyarsk vs. Zenit St Petersburg 1: 2 (Cup)
⚽️ 21.09.2019 – Zenit Saint Petersburg vs. Rubin Kazan 5: 0 (Premier League)
⚽️ 17.09.2019 – Lyon vs Zenit Saint Petersburg 1: 1 (Champions League)
⚽️ 13.09.2019 – Zenit St Petersburg vs. Arsenal Tula 3: 1 (Premier League)
Benfica Lisbon – Statistics & Current Form
Benfica Lisbon starts badly in the group stage of the premier class. At home, the Portuguese champions lost to RB Leipzig 1: 2 and thus lost the home advantage from the first round. As a group last Bruno Lage’s team is now in the second group match against Zenit asked.
But it will also be aware that the away game in St. Petersburg will be anything but easy. At the weekend Benfica could do homework in the domestic league and celebrated a successful dress rehearsal before the Champions League game. In this competitive season, the Portuguese Eagles have lost only against RB Leipzig and Porto.
In seven competitive games Benfica could keep zero so far. In the domestic Primeira Liga Benfica has scored 16 goals in seven games and conceded only three goals conceded. Two of them were in the home game against FC Porto.
Benfica coach Bruno Lage is expected to face a defensive battle at Zenit St. Petersburg anyway. An offensive stroke of his charges could give the 43-year-old the first points in this year’s premier class. After the defeat against RB Leipzig Benfica but hardly take much risk in the second group match.
In the away game in St. Petersburg, the situation has to be without the injured Luis, Chiqiuinho, Ebuehi and Conti.
Expected formation of Benfica Lisbon:
➦ Vlachodimos – Grimaldo, Ferro, Dias, Tavares – Cervi, Taarabt, Fejsa, Pizzi – De Tomas, Jota
Last matches of Benfica Lisbon:
⚽️ 28.09.2019 – Benfica Lisbon vs Vitória Setúbal 1: 0 (Primeira Liga)
⚽️ 25.09.2019 – Benfica Lisbon vs Vitória Guimarães 0: 0 (League Cup)
⚽️ 21.09.2019 – Moreirense Vs. Benfica Lisbon 1: 2 (Primeira Liga)
⚽️ 17.09.2019 – Benfica Lisbon vs RB Leipzig 1: 2 (Champions League)
⚽️ 14.09.2019 – Benfica Lisbon vs Gil Vicente 2: 0 (Primeira Liga)
Zenit St. Petersburg vs Benfica Lisbon Direct Comparison & Stats Highlights
For the seventh time the two teams face each other in the Champions League. The direct comparison is balanced with three wins for both teams. The last time Zenit St. Petersburg and Benfica met in the 2016/17 season. At that time, Benfica prevailed in the second round with a total result of 3: 1 against Zenit.
In four of the six duels between Zenit St. Petersburg vs.. Benfica has made a prediction to under 2.5 goals. The only games that saw three or more goals between the two clubs were in St. Petersburg.
Zenit St. Petersburg vs Benfica Lisbon Best Free Betting Tips and Odds
In Group G all candidates are equal. A clear favorite in the constellation hardly make out, even if the Leipzig celebrated with a 2-1 victory in Lisbon an impressive start. That’s why Benfica are under pressure on the second group match day and have to deliver in St. Petersburg.
However, the home side have withstood Lyon’s strong offensive well and are therefore in the favorites role against home soil. In addition, the “Lvy” will want to reciprocate for the knockout stages in the 2015/16 season.
Key Facts – Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Benfica Lisbon tips
🔴 Benfica lost to Leipzig at the start of the group and is currently in last place.
🔴 In four of the six duels between the two clubs, not more than three goals have been scored.
🔴 Benfica have been able to stay in the lead seven times in this competitive season.
As on the first matchday in Group G we expect a duel on equal terms. Zenit had always presented itself strongly on the international stage at home, which is why we would assign the guests only low chances of winning. We set our Zenit St. Petersburg against Benfica Lisbon tip to good odds on the draw. A deployment of four units is appropriate for this purpose.
Competition: Champions League Grp. G
Bet Tip: Draw (X)
Stake: 4/10 units