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Topic: Benfica vs Zenit - UEFA Champions League 8th Finals 16/02/16 19:45  (Read 146 times)

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      Analysis: Benfica vs Zenit (16 February 2016)
      « Reply #1 on: February 14 2016, 18:03 »

      Benfica and Zenit meet at Estádio do Sport Lisboa and Benfica (da Luz), in a match for this stage of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals). The recent head‑to‑head record favours the away team, since they have a record of 2 wins and 1 loss in the last 3 matches. The last head‑to‑head between these two teams was played on 26‑11‑2014, and ended in a (1‑0) win by Zenit.

      Analysis of Benfica

      The home team comes to this stage of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 2nd position of Group C, with 10 points won. They come to this match after a home loss against Porto by (1‑2). Benfica has won 7 and lost 3 of the last 10 home matches. They haven't been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 5 of the last 6 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in all of the last 6 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 19 of the last 26 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. They have been able to score first and have done so in 12 of the last 15 matches, they have reached half‑time in advantage in 7 of those 12 matches and have held on to the lead until the end of the 90' in 11 of them.

      Benfica comes unmotivated for this match after a home defeat, by 1-2, against Porto. It should be noted that the "Red" coach should return to opt by Andreas Samaris for the midfield, a consequence of Fejsa’s injury. Thus, it’s foreseeable that the midfield of "the Reds" will be composed by Gaitan, Pizzi, Samaris and Renato Sanches. The home team has shown a good exhibitional level, and will want to re-address their fans with a win, despite the opponent’s difficulty.

      Analysis of Zenit

      The away team comes to this stage of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 1st position of Group H, with 15 points won. In their last match, for the Club Friendlies, they got an away win against El Jaish by (1‑4). In the last 10 away matches Zenit has won 4, tied 3 and lost 3. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 6 matches for this competition.

      Zenit comes for this match after a victory in the Atlantic Cup against Orebro. The most offensive reference of the Russian team is the giant Artem Dzyuba and, it’s important to note their ability to finalize. Shatov and Hulk are the players responsible for supporting the centre forward, mainly through the flanks to the centre. Zenit usually use the right flank to create danger, in order to take advantage of the depth offered by the lateral defender Smolnikov.

      Betting suggestion:

      The most likely scenario for this match will Benfica to win. Admittedly, Zenit is a team with many individuals; however, it’s likely that the team will present a lower rhythm after the low requirement of the latest matches. So, being this the first leg of the match, it’s foreseeable that the Portuguese team will do anything to address their fans with a win.

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