In the first match of the second stage of the Champions League today at 19:00 Zenit St. Petersburg will host Austria Vienna. The two teams in group B alongside Atletico Madrid and FC Porto.
Both teams started with failures in this group. Zenit went to Madrid for the duel with Atletico duel lost with the score 1: 3, while the Austrians have hosted it on FC Porto, receiving only goal of the match in 55 minutes.
Of the last 13 teams that have played on the field of Zenit in Champions League AC Milan only managed to win. Entered since round three preliminary Zenit scored five goals at home in the duel with Nordsjaelland (5: 0) and four in the Pacos Ferreira (4: 2). Austria Vienna did not get naked in the two away from qualifying round, having drawn in Iceland Hafnarfjordur and winning by 2; 0 to Zagreb with Dinamo.
In domestic competitions advantage seems to be the Russians. Here are the leaders in the Premier League after 11 rounds, winning on Saturday with 4: 2 duel with Spartak. It was the third win success for his students Spalletti. Austria Vienna on the other side occupy only fifth in the Austrian Bundesliga, with just 15 points from 30 possible. This weekend the Austrians will have a duel paramount leader FC Salzburg.
Luciano Spalletti has no roster problems for this game, being able to align best 11 possible. Even the Austrians missing star player, Marko Stankovic.