FC Zenit still unbeaten
After winning their first eight league games, FC Zenit dropped their first points of the season in a goalless draw at home to Spartak Moscow on Sunday. Despite racking up 26 goals in those eight matches, André Villas-Boas' men were unable to make the breakthrough against their mid-table opponents. But FC Zenit - AS Monaco's next opponents in Europe - are still four points clear at the top of the Russian league of the second-placed side, CSKA Moscou.
Bayer steady the ship...
Following their heavy defeat at the hands of Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen got back to winning ways in midweek with a 1-0 victory over Augsbourg. Then on Saturday afternoon, Roger Schmidt's side kept a clean sheet against Freiburg, although they had to settle for a point in a goalless stalemate. But the win and the draw keep Bayer in touch with the top of the table and they currently lie in third place, just three points behind leaders Bayern. They will be confident going into the game with Benfica.
The Portuguese side have also got their mojo back in the domestic championship following their Champions League loss to Zenit. After easing past Moireinse with a 3-1 win on matchday 5, Benfica collected another three points at Estoril on Saturday in matchday 6, although they were made to work hard for their 3-2 victory. Despite roaring into a 2-0 lead through a Talisca brace after just eight minutes, the Lisbon club were pegged back to 2-2 by their opponents, before grabbing the winner twenty minutes from time with a goal from Lima. Imperious at the top of the Liga Sagres, Benfica are already four points clear of FC Porto as they prepare to face Bayer on Wednesday.