S
SEARCH
M
SM
Collect News Data
Oct 2, 2019 at 8pm UK
ZenitZenit St Petersburg
3-1
Benfica
Dzyuba (22'), Dias (70' og.), Azmoun (78')
FT(HT: 1-0)
de Tomas (85')
/esi/1339/6_G_1_96689/index.html?art_id=373403&game_id=96689&sport_id=1&ESI

Preview: Zenit St Petersburg vs. Benfica - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Zenit St Petersburg vs. Benfica - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Wednesday's Champions League game between Zenit St Petersburg and Benfica.

Zenit St Petersburg head into their Champions League fixture with Benfica looking to build on a 1-1 draw away at Lyon on matchday one.

Their Portuguese opponents succumbed to a home defeat against RB Leipzig on the same night, which leaves Bruno Lage's team at the bottom of Group G.


Match preview

While Zenit are focused on improving on their fifth place in Russia's top flight, Sergei Semak is aware that the club also have an opportunity to progress through to the knockout stages of European football's premier competition.

The draw in Lyon - the favourites to win the group - would have been regarded as a bonus, leaving Zenit in a position to take advantage in front of their own supporters at the Gazprom Arena.

They head into Wednesday's game on the back of a disappointing 1-0 setback at Lokomotiv Moscow on Saturday, which brought to an end their five-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.

However, they have now conceded just six goals from eight matches, and if Artem Dzyuba can continue his recent form in the final third, Semak will feel that his side are well set to at least match their last-16 appearance from three years ago.

Benfica will also be happy with their defensive work since the beginning of the campaign, with seven clean sheets having been kept in all competitions.

However, the defeats to Porto and RB Leipzig have the potential to derail their hopes of success on both the domestic and European scene, placing extra importance on achieving a result in Russia.

While avoiding defeat in a group full of well-matched teams will be number one priority, Lage will feel that there is enough quality in his squad to achieve maximum points.

Nevertheless, netting just four goals in their last outings will be a worry, and it has now been eight matches since any Benfica player contributed in the first half from open play.

Zenit St Petersburg form: WWDWWL

Benfica form: WWLWDW


Team News

Semak may opt to keep changes to a minimum, although Aleksey Sutormin is pushing for a starting role against the Portuguese side.

Veteran Yuri Zhirkov could potentially miss out, with Douglas Santos being moved out to left-back in his place.

While Adel Taarabt's red card at the weekend will only result in a domestic ban, the Moroccan playmaker may still have to make do with a place among Benfica's replacements on Wednesday.

Andreas Samiris is pushing for a starting role, although Carlos Vinicius could stay on the bench despite scoring the winning goal against Vitoria de Setubal.

Zenit St Petersburg possible starting lineup: Lunev; Karavaev, Ivanovic, Rakitskiy, Santos; Ozdoev, Barrios, Sutormin; Driussi; Azmoun, Dzyuba

Benfica possible starting lineup: Vlachodimos; Almeida, Dias, Ferro, Grimaldo; Pizzi, Fejsa, Samiris, Rafa; Fernandes, Seferovic


We say: Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 Benfica

Zenit will hope to pick up a large portion of their points in Russia, and we expect them to earn a hard-fought win on Wednesday night. While Benfica have the quality to secure a positive result, they may leave space at the back if they go in search of a much-needed victory.


body check tags ::

amp_article_373403 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2019-10-17 14:37:29:
html db last update - 2020-06-04 08:34:42 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html

Share this article now:
Show comments

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Primeira Liga Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Porto24193250163460
2Benfica24192352143859
3Braga24144641261546
4Sporting Lisbon24133837261142
5Rio AveRio Ave2410863223938
6Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes24107740251537
7FamalicaoFamalicao2410773840-237
8MoreirenseMoreirense247983432230
9Santa ClaraSanta Clara2486101926-730
10Gil Vicente247982529-430
11BoavistaBoavista247891923-429
12Vitoria de SetubalSetubal2461081727-1028
13BelenensesBelenenses2475121938-1926
14TondelaTondela2467112030-1025
15Maritimo2459102232-1024
16Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira2464141834-1622
17PortimonensePortimonense24210121634-1816
18Desportivo das AvesAves2441192347-2413
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Bundesliga Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern MunichBayern29214486285867
2Borussia DortmundDortmund29186580354560
3RB Leipzig291610374314358
4Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach29175757352256
5Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen29175754361856
6Wolfsburg2911994136542
7Hoffenheim29126114048-842
8Freiburg29108113841-338
9Hertha Berlin29108114350-738
10Schalke 04Schalke29910103446-1237
11Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt29105144953-435
12FC Koln29104154656-1034
13Augsburg2987144056-1631
14Union BerlinUnion Berlin2994163452-1831
15Mainz 052984173762-2528
16Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf2969143158-2727
17Werder Bremen2967163062-3225
18SC PaderbornSC Paderborn2947183261-2919
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.