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  • 1 November 2011
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  • • Stadion Petrovskij, Sankt-Peterburg (St. Petersburg)
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Zenit St Petersburg - Shakhtar Donetsk Preview: Luciano Spalletti's side chasing ninth straight European home win

Zenit St Petersburg - Shakhtar Donetsk Preview: Luciano Spalletti's side chasing ninth straight European home win

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Eastern European giants' clash with the Ukrainians still yet to win a game in Group G and the Russians looking to boost their chances of qualification


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

ZENIT ST PETERSBURG

Zenit
Malafeev
Anyukov, Alves, Lukovic, Criscito
Semak, Denisov, Zyryanov
Faizulin, Bukharov, Danny

SHAKHTAR DONETSK
 
Shakhtar Donetsk
Rybka
Srna, Rakytskiy, Kucher, Rat
Hubschmann, Mkhitaryan
Douglas Costa, Teixeira, Willian
Luiz Adriano

Zenit star man Danny sat out Thursday's league win over Volga, but having served his domestic suspension will return for Tuesday's clash. Nicolas Lombaerts was a late casualty in that match, and could be replaced by Aleksandr Lukovic. Aleksandr Kerzhakov remains sidelined, meaning Aleksandr Bukharov's run in the first team is set to continue.

Dmytro Chyrgynskiy will miss the trip to Russia through injury, but Yaroslav Rakitskiy, who missed the previous two group stage games is set to return, having completed his suspension. Luiz Adriano missed Saturday's 3-2 win over Oleksandria, but will be fine to face the Russian champions.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • In 1999, Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti's Sampdoria side beat Mircea Lucescu's Inter outfit 4-0, in what proved to be the current Shakhtar boss' last game in charge of the Italian giants.
  • The Russian champions have won their last eight European home ties.
  • This is the first time Zenit have ever hosted a Ukrainian team since the break-up of the Soviet Union.
  • Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Zenit St Petersburg three times in the 1980s in Soviet Cup semi-final ties, requiring a penalty shoot-out each time.
  • The Ukrainian champions have faced Russian opposition just once in Uefa competition prior to this season, suffering a 3-2 defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow in the 2003-04 qualifying rounds.
  • These two sides won the Soviet Supreme League three times between them, with the Ukrainian outfit victorious on two occasions in the 1970s.
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Players to watch

Danny

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Portuguese star sat out the weekend's victory over Volga, but will return to the fold fully refreshed and with a point to prove after admitting that he needs to score more goals for the Russian champions.

Alex Teixeira

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The 21-year-old Brazilian starlet has had an extended run in the Shakhtar first team of late thanks to an injury to his compatriot Jadson. He has taken his chance with aplomb, scoring goals in his last two games, and another strike in Russia could provide a much-needed boost for the Ukrainian champions.

Editor's Prediction

Despite notching two wins on the trot, Shakhtar Donetsk's form both domestically and in European games has been indifferent at best of late. Zenit, on the other hand, have been on top of their game since the disappointing defeat to APOEL, and given their impressive home record in European ties. Expect the Russians to collect victory.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Zenit

Shakhtar Donetsk

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FK Zenit St. Petersburg ZEN
FK Zenit St. Petersburg Zenit
Draw
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD
FC Shakhtar Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk
66%
19%
15%

Top 3 Predictions

FK Zenit St. Petersburg ZEN
2 - 1
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD
FK Zenit St. Petersburg ZEN
1 - 0
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD
FK Zenit St. Petersburg ZEN
2 - 0
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD

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