Zenit St. Petersburg vs Benfica
Date: Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Gazprom Arena (Saint Petersburg).
Zenit were forced to share the spoils on the road in their previous European clash after their foes Lyon came back from behind to post a 1-1 scoreline. Despite registering far few shots on target, the hosts were able to salvage a point with Lunev pulling off a total of seven saves to deny their foes.
Benfica, on the other hand, were handed a 2-1 defeat by RB Leipzig in their respective opener. Although the visitors did show signs of a resurgence close to the dying stages of the matchup, Timo Werner’s brace was just enough to grant RB Leipzig all three points.
With home advantage taken out of their arsenal, it goes without saying that Benfica will have to put in the extra effort as Zenit have been admirable in front of their home fans.
Zenit St. Petersburg vs Benfica Head to head (h2h)
- Both teams have three wins apiece from their last six games.
- Four of their past six clashes have been low scoring ones with under 2.5 goals.
- Only two of their previous six matches have ended with both teams on the score sheets.
- None of their fixtures so far have finished as a tie.
Zenit St. Petersburg vs Benfica Prediction
Sergei Samak’s men are unbeaten so far on home soil in their domestic campaign and have scored eleven times while conceding as few as three in the process.
Furthermore, the hosts are currently boasting an impressive two-match winning streak under their belt, the last of which saw them run riot over Kazan with a 5-0 scorecard.
Their counterparts for the week have got off to a winning start in their outings back in the Primeira Liga. However, it is worth mentioning that Benfica have managed to get the better of this foe just once in their last three visits to this venue.
Taking into account Zenit’s indomitable form at the moment, it looks like Benfica will have to wait even further to get off the mark in the table.
Additionally, Samak’s men have been far more lethal post the restart in their clashes here, considering that ten of their last eleven goals at home have come in the latter forty-five minutes. Given that all of their previous three head to head matches here have also seen the hosts breach Benfica during that time frame, count on the Zenit to find the back of the net in the second half without fail.
Zenit St. Petersburg vs Benfica Betting tips
Full-time result: Zenit St. Petersburg @ 2.20 (6/5)
Zenit to score in second half @ 1.66 (2/3).