Preview: Zenit St Petersburg – FC Porto


After a winning start to their Champions League campaign against Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto have packed their bags and jetted over 3,000 kilometres to St Petersburg, where they will face current Russian Premier League and Cup champions Zenit; described by Vitor Pereira as “one of the strongest teams in Europe.”   

The trek east provides the filling to what was always going to be a tricky-to-digest scheduling sandwich for the Dragons, with Benfica and in-form Academica as the bread. Porto’s record in Russia is an unblemished one, with four victories in four visits, but Wednesday’s game promises to be their toughest test yet.  


Of course, the format of the Champions League often means that three home wins and an away draw are enough to seal a place in the round of sixteen, and following the victory over Shakhtar earlier this month, the Dragons are three-tenths of the way there, with five matches remaining.


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