Zenit St Petersburg host last year’s runners up in an intriguing Champions League last 16 game that could see Borussia Dortmund struggle. Read on for our full match preview with the latest live betting odds comparison and our top betting tips for this Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie.

Prior to the winter break Dortmund were struggling, having lost four and won just one of their last six Bundesliga matches and thus dropping to fourth in the table, their dreams of a sustained title challenge all but over. They were similar last term though and improved as the season wore on so there may be hope for them in that respect, despite the impact on morale of the confirmation of Robert Lewandowski’s summer departure to Bayern Munich.

In contrast Zenit are doing very well and went into Russia’s extended winter break top of the league and top scorers in their Premier League. Their break allows them to focus solely on the Champions League, with no return to domestic action until March, and they should edge the Germans here.

Zenit are clear underdogs, both to progress and on the night, in no small part to their poor group stage performances where they won just a single game and somehow progressed with just six points. However, at betting odds of 16/5 with Sky Bet they are a great bet whilst Dortmund do not appeal at all at odds of evens with Stan James. Zenit drew all three at home in Group G and whilst a stalemate is tempting at odds of 13/5 with Bet365 we think the home side will nick the win.

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