FC Porto v Zenit St Petersburg (Champions League Round 3)
Crucial match for Zenit who have started poorly in the group, if we can take either a minimum of 4 points from these 2 matches we will have qualification back in our hands. When the teams met in the Champions League group stage 2 years ago Zenit drew 0-0 in Porto and won 3-1 at home.
Zenit are in fine domestic form and currently sit 8 points clear at the top after yesterdays 2-0 win v CSKA.
If we could win this match, we could almost tie up qualification by beating them in the return match in Russia.
As far as team selection is concerned, I would expect a certain amount of rotation from yesterdays team -
Ansaldi in place of Smolynkov
Hubocan in place of Neto
Criscito although he might lose his place to Smolynkov
Fayzulin in place of Witsel he is suspended? We couldnt appeal?
Shatov in place of Zyrianov
Kherzakov in place of Arshavin
5 new players to come into the team from the team that defeated CSKA Moscow which will make things fresh.
Lets do this Zenit!