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UEFA Champions League

  • 1 November 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadion Petrovskij, Sankt-Peterburg (St. Petersburg)
  • Referee: S. Lannoy
  • • Attendance: 21405

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



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

Shakhtar Donetsk
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.

  • 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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Available Squads
16Vyacheslav MalafeevGoalkeeper
2Alexander AnyukovDefender
4Domenico CriscitoDefender
6Nicolas LombaertsDefender
14Tomás HubocanDefender
-Roman ShirokovMidfielder
-Konstantin ZyryanovMidfielder
20Viktor FaizulinMidfielder
-Igor DenisovMidfielder
-Alexander BukharovStriker
-Yuri ZhevnovGoalkeeper
-Bruno AlvesDefender
-Aleksandar LukovicDefender
-Sergey SemakMidfielder
-Vladimir BystrovMidfielder
10Alessandro RosinaMidfielder
8Danko LazovicStriker
-Olexandr RybkaGoalkeeper
5Olexandr KucherDefender
13Vyacheslav ShevchukDefender
44Yaroslav RakytskyyDefender
33Darijo SrnaMidfielder
3Tomas HubschmannMidfielder
29Alex TeixeiraMidfielder
10Henrikh MkhitaryanMidfielder
9Luiz AdrianoStriker
30Andriy PyatovGoalkeeper
26R. RaţDefender
38Sergey KrivtsovDefender
15Taras StepanenkoMidfielder
20Douglas CostaMidfielder
21Yevhen SeleznyovStriker
Players to Watch
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
5 1 1 0
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
Alex Teixeira
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
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.
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.
Editor's Prediction
Zenit 2

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