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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old March 29th, 2015, 15:30 Thread Starter
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Zenit v CSKA (Match 21) 05/04/2015

Next weeks, Zenit host CSKA Morecambe and their infamous 4600 CSKA Barmy Army TM.

If Zenit win here, it would be almost impossible for them not to win the Title, they will be 8 points clear with 9 matches left. In fact a draw would practically seal the Title. Why impossible?

Well if you look at these stats you will see why -

CSKA Morecambe have played 5 matches against the top 6 so far this season, they have been incredibly consistent and lost every match! CSKA already lost 1-0 to the mighty Zenit St Petersburg when 10,000 Zenit fans swelled the CSKA Barmy Army 4600 TM attendance upto 14600.

Zenit have played 7 matches against the top 6 and are undefeated! They have won 5 and drawn 2.

Early team news? Zenit have a number of players away on International Duty, at the moment, none have become injured, players currently away are Smolynkov, Lodygin, Shatov, Ryazentsev and Mogilvets with Russia, Tymo with Ukraine, Danny with Portugal, Witsel and Lombaerts with Belgium, Rondon with Venuezela and finally Garay with Argentina. The players left behind returned back to training today.

CSKA Morecambe keeper Igor Icantmakesaveav defied his name and made a save in the match v Montenegro on Friday, unfortunately he saved a Flair rather than a Football. Good news for Zenit fans is the worst keeper in the RPL is expected to be fit. CSKA will be without Dzagoev who is suffering from Doumbiaitas and will be out for 4 weeks after picking up the muscle crippling virus which makes all bones turn to plastic. Doumbia famously moved to Roma for 15 Million and he has already snapped his back on a Mattress.

Let's do this Zenit!

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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old March 30th, 2015, 07:37 Thread Starter
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Arshavin and Kerzhakov returned to the main group for training yesterday after previously training with Zenit 2.

Although these players are not likely to feature, we do need to possibly give them some game time from the Bench, just 11 days later we of course face Seville in the last 8 of the Europa League and we are without via suspension - Danny, Hulk, Smolnykov and Criscito.

Anyone know the latest on Anyukov and Fazyulin?

P.S. The CSKA Morecambe match has been sold out for quite some considerable time. CSKA Morecambe and their infamous 4600 CSKA Morecambe Barmy Army TM, will be bringing their fans in a Fleet of 9 x 5 Seater Taxi's.

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CSKA Morecambe and their infamous 4600 CSKA Morecambe Barmy Army TM, will be bringing their fans in a Fleet of 9 x 5 Seater Taxi's.
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Lombaerts and Witsel both started again and played in Belgium's 1-0 win v Israel.

Call it a hunch but despite Neto being in really good form, I think with Lombaerts playing 2 x 90 minutes matches for Belgium and being match fit, I think AVB will put him back in the starting team for the first time this year for the CSKA Morecambe match. Neto is overdue a mistake but that's not taken away he has done well. Lombaerts after all was our captain prior to injury.

Lombaerts is going to have his hand's full containing any of the front 4 CSKA Morecambe forward players - Doumbia, Vitinho, Necid and Vagner Love.

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Axel Witsel's became a father for the first time yesterday.
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I'm going for this line up - Lombaerts to get his place back ahead of Neto and Rondon because of the Russian quota, to be on the Bench. Almost identical team to the one which beat Dynamo Moscow 0-1 at their place in the last match we played.

Lodygin
Smolynkov
Garay
Lombaerts
Criscito
Danny
Witsel
Shatov
Garcia
Ryazsentsev
Hulk

Very long shot, outside chance, Rondon starts and because Witsel has played twice for Belgium recently and become a father, he starts on the Bench and Rondon start's instead.

CSKA Morecambe must know they have to win this and as said before, they are bringing their largest ever away following to a match. A convoy of 9 x 5 seater taxi's will be bringing 40 of the world famous CSKA Barmy Army 4600 TM to St Petersburg. Excellent support Morecambe.

Unfortunately all 9 of the Taxi Drivers support Spartak Moscow. You can't have it all. In a worldwide fanbase of 4600 it would be really long odds to expect one of CSKA Morecambe 4600 Barmy Army TM to be a Taxi driver.

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AVB has confirmed Kerzhakov, Arshavin and Anyukov are fit and training with the first team.

It's probably not too criticial for the CSKA Morecambe match but it will give us options from the Bench. Outside chance AVB springs a suprise and gives Kerz a starting berth at CF.

It's very criticial for the match v Seville in 13 days time these 3 players are available, we are already without Criscito, Hulk, Danny and Smolynkov via suspension.
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Some further good news, Witsel was back in training yesterday!

I thought he might have had some form of slightly extended break for a day or 2 and be a doubt for Sunday's match but he hasn't.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Yvjr4TAZs

My missus has just brought this clip to my attention.

Hilarious some of the fans reactions to seeing Zenit players at a Gas Station, my personal favourites the fan doing a double take on seeing Danny come out of the Shop or the little fans reaction to seeing Shatov wiping the Window clean.

1.23 Million already watched this clip!

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I wouldn't be surprised to see Kerzhakov working at that gas station full-time in the near future.
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Win this and we win the Title?

Why?

We will be 8 points clear with 9 matches left and need to either draw nearly every single game or lose 3 times out of last 9 matches. We have lost 2 times out of 20 and that's based on CSKA Morecambe winning all their matches which they won't as they can't beat anyone in the top 6.

We have already played 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th away from home and after today, our only remaining matches against the top 6 is playing the 4th placed team at home and the 6th place team away. Our previous results are played 7, won 5, drawn 2 and lost 0.

CSKA Morecambe as said before, haven't beaten anyone out of the top 6 all season and have lost every single match 5 played, 5 defeats, they have not even drawn one of these matches. Out of their last 10 matches including today, 5 are against the top 6. The highest placed team they have beaten all season is 7th place Loko.

That's why if we win today, it's as good as being Champions.

Let's do this Zenit St Pete!
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Less than 2 hours to kick-off.

Oh yes baby!

Going to go for a run, be back at kick off.

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Starting 11:
Lodygin, Criscito, Neto, Garay, Smolnikov , Javi Garcia, Witsel, Ryazantsev, Shatov, Hulk, Danny
Subs:
Malafeev, Baburin, Anyukov, Lombaerts, Rodic, Tymoshchuk, Mogilevets, Rondon, Sheydaev, Arshavin, Kerzhakov
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Starting 11:
Lodygin, Criscito, Neto, Garay, Smolnikov , Javi Garcia, Witsel, Ryazantsev, Shatov, Hulk, Danny
Subs:
Malafeev, Baburin, Anyukov, Lombaerts, Rodic, Tymoshchuk, Mogilevets, Rondon, Sheydaev, Arshavin, Kerzhakov
Same team which defeated Dynamo.

Very strong Bench from us.
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Danny makes his 200th appearance in Zenit colours today.

Way overdue a goal, been in great form since the Winter break.
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CSKA Morecambe team

Igor Icantmakesaveav
Fernandes
Donkey 1
Donkey 2
Nababkin
Wernbloom
Natcho
Tosic
Eremenko
Milanov
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7 Swedish players you've never heard of.

Where is Vitinho?
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The away end is for Zenit supporters today.

The 40 CSKA Morecambe fans who have made the journey have been given seats In the away team dug-out.
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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

1-0 Hulk with a 25 yard thunderbolt.
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What a goal...classic Huuuulk!!!
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great shot,cska defense out of place there.

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