18:00 Zenit St Petersburg – Benfica

  • Zenit currently sit on 4 points in Group C, just 1 point behind 2nd placed Monaco. The Russian side know they need to win here if they are to have a better chance of progressing to the next round of the competition, especially against a Benfica side that currently foot the group.
  • However, the Portuguese outfit are behind Zenit on goal difference only. Benfica secured an impressive 3 points last time out and will need to put in a similar performance when they travel to Russia on Wednesday.

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    Zenit St. Petersburg

  • Alexander Kerzhakov is Andre Villas-Boas' only injury concern ahead of the welcome of Benfica.
  • The experienced striker failed to make the bench for the weekend win over Kuban Krasnodar and it remains to be seen whether he will be available or not.
  • Should he fail to prove his fitness in time, Salomon Rondon should spearhead the attack in his absence.
  • Benfica

  • Elisue and Silvio are expected to miss out for the Portuguese side through injury.
  • Other than that, Jorge Jesus has no further injury concerns ahead of the trip to Russia.
  • Julio Cesar is expected to start in goal, with Artur Moraes forced to settle for a place on the bench.
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