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Spartak Moscow v Zenit (round 16)

Sunday will see us lock horns with 3rd place Spartak Moscow, we currently lead the table by 3 points.

Our recent record v Spartak is amazing, last 3 matches 13 yes 13 goals scored for us, nearly an average of 5 goals a game and a +9 goal difference.

Other than Rubin Kazan nobody else has beaten us in the RPL for over a whopping 14 months.

Our only injury concern is Danny, we will be at full strength.

Lets do this Piter!

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One other fact - Rubin Kazan are the only team to have beaten us away from home in the last 26 months in the RPL!!!
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With Danny out I expect both Arshavin and Kerzhakov back in the starting lineup. I swear that Danny purposefully gets hurt so he can miss national team games.
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How long is Danny out for?

Hulk must have been pissed to miss the penalty, he has had nearly all his hair taken off today.
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How long is Danny out for?

Hulk must have been pissed to miss the penalty, he has had nearly all his hair taken off today.
Last I read is that he's likely to miss Portugal's playoff games against Ukraine. All that matters is that he's back by the Atletico game.
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Last I read is that he's likely to miss Portugal's playoff games against Ukraine. All that matters is that he's back by the Atletico game.
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post #8 of 130 (permalink) Old November 9th, 2013, 18:47 Thread Starter
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The squad which travelled to Spartak Moscow -

Yuri Lodygin, Egor Baburin and Alexander Vasyutin, defenders Alexander Anyukov, Domenico Criscito, Nicolas Lomberts, Tomas Hubocan, Luís Neto, Cristian Ansaldi and Igor Smolnikov, midfielders Roman Shirokov, Konstantin Zyryanov, Viktor Fayzulin, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Pavel Mogilevec, Axel witsel, Andrey Arshavin and Oleg Shatov, and forwards Alexander Kerzhakov and Hulk
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Team tomorrow -

Lodygin
Ansaldi
Hubocan
Lombaerts
Criscito
Shirokov
Witsel
Fayzulin
Hulk
Shatov/Arshavin
Kherzakov
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Hopefully Witsel will be fit enough to play.
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post #11 of 130 (permalink) Old November 9th, 2013, 23:27 Thread Starter
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Let's do this Zenit.

We will be champions 3 times out of the last 4 season and if it were not for a technical defeat last season we would be champions 4 times out of the last 4 seasons if we win tomorrow.
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post #12 of 130 (permalink) Old November 10th, 2013, 08:24 Thread Starter
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The match is just over 1 hour away.

Last time the teams met we witnessed this goal of the season contender from Hulk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIcFt9v-QDk

Will he do it again?

Hulk - BOOOOM!

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No Shirokov, Danny, Ansaldi or Shatov.

Lodygin
Anyukov
Hubocan
Lombaerts
Criscito
Witsel
Fayzulin,
Zyryanov
Arshavin
Hulk
Kerzhakov.
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Bench - Egor Baburin, Christan Ansaldi, Luís Neto, Igor Smolnikov, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Paul Mogilevec and Alexander Vasyutin.

Weakest Bench we have had for a long time, Ansaldi surprisingly drops to the Bench.

No Shatov, Shirokov and Danny, all 3 were instrumental in the last win v Spartak.

We are without Bystrov and Malafeev too.

I'm pretty happy with the starting 11 but the Bench is only strong for defensive cover.
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Yeesh, there is literally nobody on the bench who we could bring on in case we need a goal.
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Can't have your strongest team available for every match so it's time to see what we do with some injuries, we were blighted with injuries for the first part of the season and unlike CSKA, we got through our injury problems.

Very surprised Anyukov has got into the team, he was at fault in the Cup match for a Penalty and right now, Ansaldi is a much better player and Smolynkov hasn't really done anything wrong not to be in the team.
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Bystrov would have been a good option on the Bench, we haven't even got me mans Klebbers Zenit favourite Bukha to bring on!
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Rebrov, Parshivlyuk, D. Kombarov, Makeev, Costa, Carioca, McGeady, Ozbiliz, Källstrom, Glushakov, Movsisyan

Spartak team.

Man for man other than possibly Glushakov/Costa for Zyrianov, there is none of there players who would get into our first choice 11.

If we win, it would almost be impossible not to be Champions. 6 points of Loko who I think will fall away and 9 ahead of 3rd place Spartak with 14 matches left but already having played our 3 hardest away matches of the season v Dynamo, Rubin and Spartak. We are going to lose 1 match at the most in our remaining matches, probably draw a couple and win the rest.
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Can't believe I got the kick off time wrong, I was going to go for a run thinking the match kicked off 10:30 UK time and just by chance I checked Zenit twitter before being about to go and saw the line ups and then remembered they haven't changed the clocks in Russia!

Got a feeling Arshavin will score today.
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