Zenit v Benfica

Zenit St Petersburg welcome Portuguese champions Benfica to Stadion Petrovskij needing to overturn a one-goal deficit to advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The deciding tie of the two-leg last-16 match will be played in Russia on Wednesday after Benfica narrowly edged the first leg 1-0 in Lisbon three weeks ago.

The opening game looked headed for a 0-0 draw, which would have been a significant advantage for Zenit, before Jonas scored in the first minute of injury time to hand his side a dramatic, and potentially vital, home win.

The most concerning aspect of the first game for Zenitchiki was the fact that Andre Villas-Boas side only created three goal-scoring opportunities throughout the entire 90 minutes and none of them were particularly threatening.

It is a huge worry for the former Tottenham Hotspur manager going into the second leg with the knowledge they have to score at least once to remain in the tie and he will be looking to Brazilian forward Hulk to create a bit of magic.

Benfica arrive in Russia in superb form, having won four straight matches in all competitions while only conceding a solitary goal. That defensive stability could prove to be the key as they seek to hang on to their slender advantage through another 90 minutes of intense football.

Both Jardel and Andre Almeida will miss out through suspension for the Eagles, while Julio Cesar and Luisao are absent with injury. Lisandro Lopez could play some part in the fixture but faces a late fitness test.

Zenit also have two players banned for the match in the form of Domenico Criscito and Javi Garcia, while both Viktor Fayzulin and Ezequiel Garay are likely to miss out through injury.

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