Luciano Spalletti's side will be eliminated from the Champions League if it fails to beat the Primera Division outfit and AC Milan overcome Anderlecht in the other group match.
ZENIT ST PETERSBURG
Anyukov, Hubocan, Alves, Yanbaev
Witsel, Denisov, Shirokov
Bystrov, Kerzhakov, Hulk
Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Eliseu
Portillo, Isco, Duda
Zenit St Petersburg has been boosted by the return of Hulk from a thigh injury ahead of Wednesday's crucial encounter with Malaga at the Petrovsky Stadium. Winger Viktor Fayzulin is also available after shaking off a minor knee problem, but left back Domenico Criscito is sidelined.
Malaga is without Carlos Kameni (illness), Nacho Monreal (back), Sergio Sanchez (hamstring) and Julio Baptista (achilles). Manuel Iturra is suspended.
Coach Manuel Pellegrini has opted to rest Joaquin and Javier Saviola for the trip to Russia, so Roque Santa Cruz could be set for a rare start in attack.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Zenit St Petersburg has won seven of its last eight matches in all competitions.
- The Russian outfit's overall home record against Spanish visitors is W2, D3, L1, with the solitary defeat coming against Real Madrid in the 2008-09 Champions League group stage.
- Zenit's 3-0 loss at Malaga in the reverse fixture equaled its heaviest away defeat in the Champions League.
- Malaga has won just one of its last six matches across all competitions (W1, D3, L2).
- Los Boquerones have suffered just one defeat in 11 away games in European competition.
- Eliseu is Malaga's top scorer in the Champions League this season with four goals.
- The Liga outfit has averaged two goals per game in this season's competition, finding the back of the net eight times in its four matches so far.