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UEFA Champions League Betting: Zenit Saint Petersburg vs Borussia Dortmund

The round of 16 continues on Tuesday with last year's finalist slated as the favourite to win in St Petersburg against Zenit.

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Borussia Dortmund was shelled on Saturday as it lost 3-0 at Hamburg, and though it will welcome back star striker Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels to the roster the team is without a massively important portion of its roster.

Injuries to the influential quartet of Neven Subotic, Jakub Blaszczykowsi, Ilkay Gundogan, and now Sven Bender severely hamper Dortmund's chances. Yet, bookmakers still see the northwestern German side as the favourite with odds of 1.83 curently available at William Hill.

Dortmund is 4-0-2 in the Champions League as it emerged on top of a very strong Group F, which included Napoli, Arsenal, and Marseille. The Germans have also won four of their last five matches in the Bundesliga. With Bayern Munich already having more or less having locked up the German title this year, Dortmund has focused its energies on this competition.

Zenit is listed as the rather large underdog with the British bookmaker offering it at 4.50 to win outright. It's 12-3-4 (W-L-T) in the Russian Premier League, which has been on winter break since early December. The weather won't overly favour anyone here as the forecast in St Petersburg for Tuesday is C.

In Champions League play, the Russians went 1-2-3 in a group that featured FC Porto, Austria Vienna, and Atletico Madrid. They have kept in shape with five friendlies against Russian and European clubs during the break.

My preference here is the draw result, which is listed right now at 3.40. All three of Zenit's home games in this competition so far have been draws, and though Dortmund is a quality side, its long list of key injuries will leave many bettors hesitant. The odds move up to 4.20 for the draw, with both teams to score pick.

A Lewandowski goal is offered at 2.00, while Brazilian international Hulk comes in at 2.75 to notch one for St Petersburg. Lewandowski is coming off the flu but is expected to play. Wait until 20 minutes before kickoff before making your selection in the correct goal scorer pick. One person not to touch is Zenit's Portuguese winger Danny, who is out to injury.


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