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Zenit vs Benfica. UCL. Round of 16. Second Leg. Preview

March 9, 2016, 18:00 GMT+1

Venue: Pertovsky, St. Petersburg, Russia

Referee: Viktor Kassai, Hungary


Coaches

Zenit → Andre Villas-Boas

Benfica → Rui Vitoris

Probable Lineups                                

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Missing Players

Zenit → Faizulin, Malafeev, Ryazantsev (injured), Crisito, Garcia (suspended)

Benfica → Lopez, Luisao, Fejsa, Santos (injured), Jardel, Almeida (suspended)

Head to head statistics

Round of 16. First Leg. Benfica vs Zenit (1-0). Full highlights video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIUt0klgSWM

Previous 4 head to head games

26.11.16 Zenit 1-0 Benfica
16.09.14 Benfica 0-2 Zenit
06.03.12 Benfica 2-0 Zenit
15.02.12 Zenit 3-2 Benfica


Domestic league situation

Russian Premier League  → Zenit’s position

Team P W D L Goals Last 5 matches Pts
4 Krasnodar 19 8 7 4 29-19 WLWWD 31
5 Zenit 19 8 7 4 36-23 LWLDD 31
6 Terek Grozny 19 7 10 2 27-18 WDWDW 31

Portuguese Premeira Liga→ Benfica position

  Team P W D L Goals Last 5 matches Pts
1 Benfica 25 20 1 4 66-17 WLWWW 61
2 Sporting 25 18 5 2 49-15 DWWDL 59

Home/away statistics

Zenit (home)

  • UCL → 3 games, 3 win, 0 draws, 0 losses
  • Russian Premier League → 10 games, 5 wins, 3 draws, 2 losses

Benfica (away)

  • UCL → 3 games, 1 win, 1 draw, 1 loss
  • Portuguese Premeira Liga → 13 games, 4 wins, 7 draws, 2 losses

Interesting Facts

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  • Benfica has 13 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in last 15 games in all competitions.
  • Benfica has scored most goals in their domestic league (66).
  • Zenit has most goals in the league (35), while being only 5th.
  • None of the teams have been awarded penalties during this UCL season.
  • Zenit striker Dzyuba is the third top scorer of current UCL season (6).

Finalizing… 

Benfica has made a big step towards ruling out the most successful Russian team in this European season so far by winning at home without conceding a goal. However, Zenit has impressive statistics at home and a comeback is possible, they just need to keep their goals shut.

By: Inga Voskerchian