The Europa League holders are looking to extend their run of victories on Russian soil against a team who surprisingly lost their Champions League opener
ZENIT ST PETERSBURG
Anyukov, Lombaerts, Hubocan, Criscito
Denisov, Danny, Fayzulin
Fucile, Rolando, Otamendi, Alvaro Pereira
Hulk, Kleber, James Rodriguez
Zenit's No.1, Vyacheslav Malafeev, has not yet fully recovered from an injury and will remain doubtful for the match until the last minute. Yuri Zhevnov will be given the nod to start if the Russian shot-stopper is not given the go-ahead. Bruno Alves is suspended after seeing red in the 2-1 defeat at APOEL a fortnight ago.
Porto will have to do without Freddy Guarin, who will serve the second of a two-match ban for his red card against Barcelona in the Uefa Super Cup. It was initially expected the Colombian would only be suspended for one match, but it has been confirmed he will have to sit out one more game, after missing his side's 2-1 victory against Shakhtar Donetsk.
James Rodriguez returns to coach Vitor Pereira's plans after missing Friday's 2-2 draw against Benfica through suspension.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- This is the first match in history between the two sides.
- Porto have won all the matches they have played on Russian soil.
- The Portuguese champions posted 1-0 and 5-2 victories at CSKA Moscow and Spartak Moscow, respectively, last season, before going on to win the Europa League.
- Zenit St Petersburg have two Portuguese players - Bruno Alves and Danny - in their ranks, though only the latter will be allowed to play this game, as the centre-back is suspended.
- The Russian side have achieved mixed results their matches against Portuguese opposition: in the 2005-06 Uefa Cup, they beat Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 at home, but in the 2009-10 Europa League play-off, they lost to CD Nacional 5-4 on aggregate thanks to a late goal from Ruben Micael.
- Both Porto and Zenit are topping the league in their respective countries.
- This will be Hulk's 20th match in the Champions League.