Zenit Saint-Petersburg v Benfica latest odds, news and free bets

Benfica are not among the favourites to win the Champions League although there was everything to like about their performances during the group stage of the competition which saw them land two draws against Manchester United

The Portuguese side also took four points from FC Basel to ensure they finished top of Group C and they have been rewarded with a reasonable draw in the last sixteen stage, with Jorge Jesus’ team travelling to Russia before the return leg in a fortnight’s time.

Benfica have not lost a game in the Portuguese league this season and there is every chance they will get at least a draw from their trip to the Petrovsky Stadium, with the bookies offering odds of 2/1 (Coral free bets) that the visitors land victory.

Zenit are currently coming towards the end of a winter break and the worry is that they will be short of match practice for the Champions League, having finished behind APOEL in their Champions League qualification group.

The Sine-Belo-Golubye remain as the most impressive team their domestic league at the moment, leading the Championship group table by six points and they can be backed at 8/5 (Bet Victor free betting) to establish some kind of first leg advantage on Wednesday night.

The last few results from that group stage suggest a low-scoring affair in this game, with two consecutive goalless draws from games against APOEL and Porto ensuring they went through. Odds of 9/4 (bet365 bookmaker) are on offer about the draw in this one.

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