decisive game in the group.
a draw might be better for porto.....
hubocan and ansaldi to return?
A draw would still mean Zenit have their destiny in their own hands regardless of what Porto do but a win and it would be almost impossible not to qualify. Zenit have got to get this nailed on Wednesday.
If Hubocan is fit, he would start ahead of Neto and the same for Ansaldi, if he is fit, he will play, it would then be between Crisictio and Smolynkov for the other full back berth, Criscito still getting his form back after injury otherwise he would be the first choice full back on the team-sheet. Anyukov is coming towards the end of his Zenit career, I would not surpised to see him leave in the January window. No way in World Cup year he settles for being 4th best full back at his club.
With no Witsel, the Witsel/Fazyulin joint defensive midfield goes out of the window and the Shatov/Fayzulin partnership did not work at all in Porto. Zyrianov nailed on to start and after getting a goal in Portugal and getting over his sickness, Kherzakov to start instead of Arshavin.
One final thing, I don't believe Malafeev is injured, he miricaously was available for the bench a couple of weeks ago and then not again, I believe he was injured, then got fit again but Spalleti told him he would have to be on the Bench as you can hardly drop Lodygin, he didn't take too kindly to this and hence why he has not been involved since. I see Malafeev possibly leaving the club in January too.
Zenit got a great record against Portugese teams = Last 3 matches in Russia scored 10 goals v Porto (3) Benfica (3) and Parkers Farrios (4) winning all 3 matches.
Let's go Zenit!