Champions League Preview: Zenit St. Petersburg vs. AS Monaco

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Updated: September 29, 2014
Zenit St. Petersburg

Match Date: 01 October 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stadion Petrovski

 

Zenit shall seize the opportunity in maximizing its home court advantage against AS Monaco. Both clubs have been successful during their first Champion League matches and Zenit is aware that their upcoming encounter will not be easy. A little bit of support from its league of supporters will definitely make a difference in their performance.

 

The contenders

Zenit St. Petersburg

Zenit made a strong start in its Champions League campaign when it scored 2 goals and kept Benfica at bay. This automatically earned them 3 crucial points that will somehow, make them a bit more secured in their upcoming matches.

 

However, the squad cannot afford to be too complacent since Monaco, like them, is eager to advance in the competition’s next stage.
Zenit’s winning streak has also ended when Spartak held them to a draw last weekend. Hopefully, this will not affect their confidence and use it as inspiration instead.

 

AS Monaco

Despite an impressive start in the Champions League, AS Monaco is not devoid of problems in the domestic league. The squad continues to struggle after the loss of its star players such as James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao. Its current situation is far-flung shot from what it accomplished last season. As a matter of fact, the squad has become a relegation favorite.
With its dismal run in Ligue 1, AS Monaco could only hope that they still get the chance of scoring a great performance in the Champions League.

 

Possible head turners                                                                                        

Expect a battle of defenders in the upcoming match. Sports betting favorites, Layvin Kurzawa and Nicolas Lombaerts will try to outlast each other as they try to help their respective squads make a strong finish.

 

Prediction

Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1 AS Monaco

 

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