Thursday, March 06, 2008


Zenit are a good side with a strong squad, they are Russian champions and I expect them to put up a good showing in the Champions League next season.

They are still in their off season, but will strip a little fitter, after the two games with Villarreal.

Shirokov and Sirl are suspended and they also have some injury concerns especially in central defence. However, I still favour them getting a full goal start from Marseille, who admit that the UEFA Cup is not a real priority for them. They sit 3 points what looks to be the only remaining Champions League spot in the league and will have one eye on their weekend fixture. Key player Lorik Cana is suspended.

These two met at the same stage two seasons ago, Zenit won 1-0 in Marseille, nine players from that squad, still remain and their overall quality is higher.

Zenit's high profile Dutch boss, Dick Advocaat will be forced to watch from the stands, after being dismissed in the previous round, but will, no doubt, still be heard !

5 points Zenit +1 ball 1.82 asian line.

Good Luck.

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