Zenit v Rostov (Round 17)
Zenit tackle Rostov tomorrow knowing a win will open up a 6 point advantage at the top of the table. Zenit have not lost a home RPL game for 14 months.
Various players may be ruled out via injury but Hulk, Witsel and Criscito are all available having come back from Brazil, Belgium and Italy International matches.
Our next game is not for 4 days and is also another home match so squad rotation is not too critical with no travel needed.
Shirokov, Shatov, Danny and Ansaldi are doubts, Lombaerts has already been ruled out. With Hulk being back in Russia either late last night/early this morning I now expect him to start. I would also expect maybe 2/4 injury doubts to be fit.
Something like this tomorrow -
So I am going with Shatov, Ansaldi and Shirokov not being available.
I expect us to get a W back in the Win column and go 6 points clear, with all the teams below us playing each other this weekend and games running out, I expect 2 teams to fall out of the Title race. Zenit have already played the toughest 3 away matches available in the RPL - Rubin, Dynamo and Spartak. I really don't expect them to lose 3 times in the last 13 games after this and therefore this means any team in the chasing pack who do not win this weekend, will be ruled out of the Title picture.
Zenit lets go!