KICK off: 3 October 16:30
Team news: Zenit will be without Magomed Ozdoev, with the midfielder out due with a long-term injury, whilst defender Vyacheslav Karavaev is an injury doubt having missed the last five matchday squads. Mikhail Kerzhakov is also a doubt since the keeper has missed training the last few days for family reasons. Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren returned to the squad in Zenit’s UEFA Champions League clash against Malmo but he failed to make an appearance so he could get some minutes here. Head coach Semak has used both four and five-at-the-back systems so far so either could be deployed against Sochi. However, Semak did use a five-at-the-back system in midweek during their win over Malmo. Marko Dugandzic and Maksim Barsov did not travel to Krasnodar for Sochi’s last match so it is likely that they will miss out again here. Ivelin Popov was subbed off in the first half against Krasnodar and so is a doubt for the match against Zenit.
Prediction: Zenit -1 on Asian handicap
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