After a devastating first leg last week, Luciano Spalletti's men return home with one foot in the Champions League group stages, with our tipster backing a comfortable victoryZenit St Petersburg have all but secured their place in the Champions League group stages this season, after a 4-1 victory away at underdogs Pacos. A Roman Shirokov hat-trick has given the Russians a comfortable advantage as they approach the second leg this evening.
Zenit come into this match already six games into their domestic league. Luciano Spalletti's side currently sit in fifth position, racking up 11 points. Before their last match against Dinamo Moscow, which they drew, Zenit had won their last five competitive matches in a row. It's no surprise that bet365 price the Russian giants at 1/4 (1.25) to win the match tonight.
Pacos surprised many last season in Portugal's Primeira Liga, finishing above Braga and Sporting to claim third position in the league and send them directly to the Champions League play-offs. However, since that unbelievable season, coach Paulo Fonseca has left to join Porto, with former Porto player Costinha being brought in at the helm. The Portuguese side have struggled with form of late, losing their last four matches. bet365 price them at 11/1 (12.00) to pull off a shock. The same firm prices the draw at 9/2 (5.50).
Despite Pacos being strong season last term, they haven't looked the same side this season. In their last four games, they have lost to nil in three of them and, with Zenit winning to nil in two of their last three victories, the bet of the Russian's to win to nil at 10/11 (1.91) with Bet365 seems like a fantastic bet.
It should be a one-sided affair in Russia and, despite the big advantage going into the match, expect Luciano Spalletti to name a strong side to complete the job.
|Zenit to win to nil at 10/11 (1.91) 1 pt staked with bet365
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