With a furious closing phase RB Leipzig secured on the fifth matchday the premature rise in the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League. Thanks to a Forsberg double, Nagelsmann-Elf were able to equalize with a 2-0 deficit to Benfica and can no longer beat the first two places.
Benfica Lisbon vs Zenit St. Petersburg Soccer Betting Prediction
Benfica’s Lisbon goal is not going to overwhelm them in the Champions League. The maximum of the emotions is third – but it must be on Tuesday evening, a victory ago. In the Estadio da Luz there is a duel between Benfica Lisbon and Zenit St. Petersburg!
With four points Benfica Lisbon are only three points behind Zenit St. Petersburg and Olympique Lyon (seven each), but the Red Eagles have no chance of getting one of the first two places due to direct comparisons!
Third place will not be easy. If Lyon scores against Leipzig, at least one win with two goals difference must succeed! In a Leipzig victory Benfica every victory to progress.
But also the Russians need the slide rule, because if both Zenit St. Petersburg and Lyon win, Zenit would draw with ten points due to the tripartite comparison with Leipzig the short straw.
The bookmakers point to a tendency towards the hosts and between Benfica Lisbon and Zenit St. Petersburg are offered for the tip on the home win odds around the 2.25.
Benfica Lisbon – Statistics & Current Form
On a national stage, the Red Eagles by Bruno Lage are hard to stop. In the domestic league NOS are after 13 games 36 counters on the credit side. Only the top match against runner-up FC Porto was lost. However, Porto made some other slip-ups, and so Benfica Lisbon has a four-point cushion on the big arch rival just before Christmas.
Especially the way Benfica Lisbon wins the games on a national stage is impressive. At the weekend, Benfica Lisbon celebrated a 4-1 away win at Boavista Porto, making them the first team in the league to score more than once against Boavista. In addition, it was the eighth “handicap victory” of the current season for the Lage-protected.
International, the two-time winner of the European Cup of Champions (1961 and 1962) can no longer build on the successes of past years. The naked numbers prove that, as Benfica have won just three of the last 18 games in the premier class (two draws, 13 defeats).
In general, this results in no fewer than 15 defeats in the most recent 28 international matches (including qualification and Europa League). Last year, the international adventure ended in third place in the Champions League in the Europa League in a duel with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Above all, the offensive presented last international anything but scoring dangerous. The first-leg win against Eintracht Frankfurt (4-2) and the 2-1 win over Lyon in this group stage are an exception as Benfica have scored more than one goal in just 17 of their last 17 international games.
Perhaps on Tuesday, however, the “normal” victory is not enough to be third. So hits must necessarily ago; Thus, between Benfica Lisbon and Zenit St. Petersburg a tip on the over 2.5 is quite appropriate.
Expected formation of Benfica Lisbon:
➲ Vlachodimos – Grimaldo, Ferro, Dias, Tavares – Cervi, Taarabt, Gabriel, Pizzi – Chiquinho – Carlos Vinicius
Last matches of Benfica Lisbon:
⚽️ 06.12.2019 – Boavista Vs. Benfica Lisbon 1: 4 (Primeira Liga)
⚽️ 03.12.2019 – Sporting Covilha Vs. Benfica Lisbon 1: 1 (League Cup)
⚽️ 30.11.2019 – Benfica Lisbon vs Marítimo Funchal 4: 0 (Primeira Liga)
⚽️ 27.11.2019 – RB Leipzig vs. Benfica Lisbon 2: 2 (Champions League)
⚽️ 23.11.2019 – Vizela vs. Benfica Lisbon 1: 2 (Cup)
Zenit St. Petersburg – Statistics & Current Form
Although Zenit Saint Petersburg has already collected seven points in this Champions League season, the international record has not been very positive in recent years. Only three of the last ten Champions League matches has won the club from the Russian metropolis.
Especially in foreign countries, the team of head coach Sergey Semak presented as a welcome guest. In the Europa League season 2017/18 last succeeded at Real Sociedad de San Sebastian an away win.
Since that success in the Basque Country, Zenit St Petersburg has been without success outside the country’s borders eleven times in a row (three draws, eight defeats). In the fight for the fourth round of the last knockout round (in the total of seven participation in the group stage of the premier class), however, the away curse must be dropped. These numbers do not speak for the tip on the guests in the duel between Benfica and Zenit St. Petersburg!
Confidence in the Russian league leaders (14-3-2 balance sheet) should not be lacking after the last five competitive games have been won. In the domestic championship, the team is heading for the title defense and has already after 19 matchdays a comfortable cushion of ten points on the current second-placed FK Krasnodar. The best scorer is the brawny attacker Artem Dzyuba, who not only convinced as an executor (eleven goals), but also as an assistant (nine assists).
Furthermore, not available to the Russians the king transfer Malcom. The Brazilian, who was signed by Barcelona for 40 million euros, will not be available until next year due to hip problems. The same applies to the now dismissed former international Aleksandr Kokorin after his prison sentence. Daler Kuzyaev missing yellow-locked.
Expected formation of Zenit St. Petersburg:
➲ Kerzhakov – Santos, Rakitsky, Ivanovic, Karavaev – Driussi, Barrios, Ozdoev, Sutormin – Azmoun, Dzyuba
Last matches of Zenit St. Petersburg:
⚽️ 06.12.2019 – Zenit St Petersburg vs. Dynamo Moscow 3: 0 (Premier League)
⚽️ 01.12.2019 – Zenit Saint Petersburg vs. Spartak Moscow 1-0 (Premier League)
⚽️ 27.11.2019 – Zenit Saint Petersburg vs. Lyon 2: 0 (Champions League)
⚽️ 23.11.2019 – Rubin Kazan vs. Zenit St Petersburg 1: 2 (Premier League)
⚽️ 10.11.2019 – Arsenal Tula vs Zenit St Petersburg 0: 1 (Premier League)
Benfica Lisbon vs Zenit St. Petersburg Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
On international stage, the duel between the Portuguese and the Russians already has a certain tradition. This season, the two teams face each other for the fourth time in return.
Striking is the fact that in none of these seven games between Benfica and Zenit St. Petersburg the prediction for a division of points was successful. Sparkling wine or seltzer is almost the motto! Thanks to the 3-1 home win in the first leg Zenit has the nose in direct duel forward and has now won four of the seven games for themselves.
Benfica Lisbon vs Zenit St. Petersburg Soccer Betting Prediction
You can not complain about missing tension in group G. There are countless constellations in the struggle for international wintering. For Benfica Lisbon, the starting position is relatively simple – the motto in the home game against the Russian champions is called “victory or flying”.
However, depending on the outcome of the parallel game, a “simple” victory is not enough, but it must be one with two goals difference. The bookmakers see Benfica Lisbon against Zenit St. Petersburg according to current odds in any case at an advantage!
Key facts – Benfica Lisbon vs Zenit St. Petersburg tips
📌 Winning or flying – Benfica Lisbon needs three points to win the Europa League chance!
📌 In seven direct duels there has never been a draw!
📌 Zenit St. Petersburg has not won at international level since eleven away games!
Despite the strong form of the Russians, the blatant outward weakness can not be denied! Benfica Lisbon itself is also in very strong shape and has a team at its disposal, which is by no means to be placed under the Russians. The performance in Leipzig was impressive over long distances!
We are in good spirits that the strong home side will at least win the game – and then the arithmetic starts! With six units being played, we’ll be tipping home for Benfica and Zenit St. Petersburg for home win!
Competition: Champions League – Group. G
Prediction Today: Benfica Lisbon (1)
Stake: 6/10 units