Zenit will push for revenge in the return leg against Bayer Leverkusen which they ended up losing two weeks ago. After that loss, Zenit did not concede any goal in their domestic competition, which they are comfortably leading with a seven points advantage over CSKA Moscow. The hosts go into the game as obvious favorites for the three points, which would put them in top spot in the group, but Leverkusen might as well disagree with that.
Zenit won with a minimal advantage over CSKA Moscow, with a Javi Garcia goal in the 7th minute, and now rumors have Salomon Rondon starting in Kerzhakov’s place, which would justify the 2.80 odds he got to score anytime. Since the beginning of the season, Zenit only lost three matches, looked solid overall and lost only one game out of six when playing at home.
Leverkusen come from an unexpected defeat against Hamburger SV which saw the former climb up from the relegation zone. The defeat came as the first one in six games and now Leverkusen are on the fifth place. Stefan Reinartz will miss the match due to a serious injury which will keep him off the field for three months and Wendell will miss out due to suspension from the first leg. It is yet unclear whether Rolfes or Castro will be fit in time which will put the pressure on Kiessling to at least assist a potential goal.
The match promises to be a really close affair, and just as the previous one the hosts will be looking for the three points to reinstate their dominance in group C. Unibet also favors Zenit to win and gives them 2.40 odds, while a draw has 3.30 odds. Both teams to score with 1.72 odds, over 2.5 goals has 1.94 odds and Zenit for both halves has 3.75 odds. Hulk to score has 2.80 odds, Kiessling 3.00 and Bellarabi 3.80 and we’re betting 8 units on an outright Bayer Leverkusen win at 3.05 odds with Unibet.