Partido; Zenit - Real Madrid
Hora; 18:30 CET (17.30BST, 12.30EST, 19.30 Middle East and 02.30AM RedHat)
Estadio; Estadio Petrovsky
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We're in St.Petersburg in midweek for what can only be described as the biggest game of the season so far. For many, this is considered the group of death and with back-to-back matches against Juventus on the horizon, a defeat here would be a major setback which could have dire long-term implications on our qualification hopes. Schuster is going to restore Cannavaro to the starting line-up in search of the all-important clean sheet, while Higuain will be used as a supersub option to change the course of the match if required.
Zenit, the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup holders, had given a good account of themselves in Turin during matchday one and only looked under threat from set-pieces. That route ultimately proved their undoing with Alessandro Del Piero scoring from a direct free-kick with 14 minutes remaining. The Russians have warmed up for this game with an easy 3-0 drubbing away at Lokomotiv Moskva on Saturday. Andrei Arshavin is a household name nowadays, but Zenit's primary strength lies in their team work and thorough tactical understanding - in many ways they're very similar to Juande Ramos' Sevilla.
An early goal to silence their outlandish crowd and a CampNou-sized performance from the backline is the foundation for victory... concede the first goal - particularly early on - and it'll be a long-night.
S.Ramos - Pepe - Cannavaro - Heinze
VdV- - - - DLR
Raul - - - - - - - - Robben
VAN THE FÚCKING MAN