Zenit are the second in the Group B with 7 points behind Atletico and one above Porto. Since 2008 in Champions League only AC Milan and Real Madrid could win as a visitor in Saint Petersburg. Zenit fell to a surprising 2-0 defeat at the hands of Rostov after a draw against Amkar. They are still on the top of Russian Premier League, but only with a better goal difference. Their form are not the best and they need to show more against AM. Spalletti has no injury worries and is expected to name his strongest starting eleven.
Atletico Madrid have already qualified for the next stage of the competition with four straight victory. Diego Simeone may look to rest a number of first-team starters in Russia. Diego Costa came on from the bench to net at the weekend and is expected to resume his regular starting role in Russia, Anyway Atleti will name strong starting eleven to maintain a level of consistency in the side and show their potential in Champions League. They are in impressing form; Atleti destroyed Getafe and maintained the 3-point gap between themselves and Barcelona. Atleti have two injured played: Leo Baptistao and Mario Suárez.
Zenit know they need to secure the victory and they will fight, but Atleti are a tough task for them. There is something that Atletico will be able to show their potential in Champions League and avoid the defeat.
Champions League – Madrid will travel to the freeze St. Petersburg to face with local power house Zenit. The winter time is very close in Russia and the weather forecasts are reporting rains and heavy winds. Zenit will surely fight for the victory to keep their qualification hopes.
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