Zenit St. Petersburg and Benfica face, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). There are only 2 recent direct clashes between these two teams: in 09‑03‑2016, which ended with the victory of Benfica by (1‑2), and in 16‑02‑2016, which ended with the victory of Benfica by (1‑0). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since both teams have considerable differences in the results won at home and as a visitor.
Zenit St. Petersburg:
The home team arrives on this 2nd day of Group G after a draw in its premiere in this group stage, against Olympique Lyonnais, for (1‑1). This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 games he has 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss at his stadium. The team arrives at this match after a loss away with Lokomotiv Moscow by (1‑0). In the last 10 games played at home for all competitions, Zenit St. Petersburg won 7, drew 2 and lost 1. Their attack has scored regularly, as they scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 40 of their last 61 matches have ended with Over 2.5 goals. There are 2 periods that stand out in the last 3 home games for all competitions: they scored 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘) and 3 of their 8 between (61′-75’).
Zenit St. Petersburg is demotivated for this match, after the 1-0 defeat against Lokomotiv Moscow, for the Russian Championship. It should be noted that the Russians won a 1-1 draw with Olympique de Lyon in their first match for the Champions League. In this match against Benfica, coach Sergey Semak should privilege the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks, especially through the right flank. At the individual level we highlight striker Artem Dzyuba, who is very strong in the finalization: he has 5 goals scored in official games. Out of this game are Malcolm and Zuykov, both injured.
The away team plays its second match in Group G, after losing by (1-2) in their first game in this group stage, against RB Leipzig. This is a team that curiously conquers more positive results as a visitor than at home, since in the last 30 matches it records 12 wins and 3 losses as a visitor, with 39 goals scored and 11 suffered; against 11 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in his stadium, with 42 goals scored and 12 suffered. In the last match he played, for the First League, he won Vitória Setúbal at home by (1‑0). In its last 10 away matches, Benfica records 9 wins and 1 loss. The defense has been strong and only suffered goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and its attack has scored regularly, as it scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In the last 6 home games for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: he scored 4 of his 11 goals between minutes (76′ ‑ 90 ‘).
Benfica comes to this match after a difficult 1-0 victory against Vitória de Setúbal, in a match for the Portuguese championship. It is important to keep in mind that the Portuguese club urgently needs to add the three points in this match for the Champions League, since it lost its first match, against RB Leipzig, by 1-2. Even so, and for playing in a very difficult stadium, coach Bruno Lage should favor the defensive organization and counterattack across the flanks. The midfielder Pizzi is very dangerous in the balls stopped and shots from afar. For this game, the visiting coach cannot count on Chiquinho, Conti and Florentino Luís, all injured.