Renato Sanches
Renato Sanches is considered as the next big thing to emerge from the prolific Portuguese academy Getty.

Benfica take on Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League first–leg knockout clash at Estadio da Luz on Tuesday, 16 February.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage of the match will be available on BT Sport 2.


Benfica's unbeaten 13-match run came to an end after they suffered a 2-1 defeat to FC Porto in the league at home. Konstantinos Mitroglou gave the hosts the lead in the 18th minute, but two goals from Hector Herrera and Vincent Aboubakar in the second half saw Porot walk away with three points.

Rui Vitoria's side have not kept a clean sheet in their last five Champions League fixtures. Benfica will be hoping they can stop the Russian outfit from scoring the crucial away goal when they face them on Tuesday evening.

Hulk will be a key player for Andre Villas-Boas' side when they face Benfica in the Champions League fixture Getty

Zenit, on the other hand, also come into the fixture with a four-match unbeaten run. Apart from their 2-1 defeat to Gent in the final group stage fixture of the Europe's elite club competition, Andre Villas-Boas' have managed five wins in their first five matches as they sealed a berth in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Betting Odds (

  • Benfica to win: 39/40
  • Draw: 12/5
  • Zenit St Petersburg to win: 41/12

Team Form


  • Last Five: L W W W W
  • Last Result: Benfica 1-2 FC Porto

Zenit St Petersburg

  • Last Five: D W W W L
  • Last Result: Zenit St Petersburg 1-1 Orebro

Team News


Possible XI: Julio Cesar; Andre Almeida, Jardel Lisandro Lopez; Silvio, Eliseu, Pizzi; Nicolas Gaitan, Renato Sanches, Kostas Mitroglou; Jonas

Zenit St Petersburg

Possible XI: Yury Lodygin; Aleksandr Anyukov, Nicolas Lombaerts, Ezequiel Garay, Domenico Criscito; Javi Garcia, Axel Witsel, Oleg Shatov; Artem Dzyuba, Danny, Hulk