Zenit St Petersburg-Pacos Betting Preview: Russians to complete the job to qualify for group stages

After a devastating first leg last week, Luciano Spalletti's men return home with one foot in the Champions League proper, with our tipster backing a comfortable victory
Zenit 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 on Wednesday.

Zenit come into this match already six games into their domestic league. Luciano Spalletti's side currently sit in fifth position after 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, so it'ss 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 Costinha being brought in at the helm. The Portugese side have struggled with form of late, losing their last four matches, and bet365 price them at 11/1 (12.00) to pull off a shock while the same firm value 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 three times and, with Zenit winning to nil in two of their last three victories, the bet for the Russians to win to nil at 10/11 (1.91) with bet365 seems like a fantastic option.

It should be a one-sided affair in Russia and, despite the big advantage going into the match, expect Spalletti to name a strong side to complete the job in style.

Zenit to win to nil at 10/11 (1.91) 1 pt staked with bet365

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