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
ZENIT ST PETERSBURG
Anyukov, Alves, Lukovic, Criscito
Semak, Denisov, Zyryanov
Faizulin, Bukharov, Danny
Srna, Rakytskiy, Kucher, Rat
Douglas Costa, Teixeira, Willian
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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