Zenit St. Petersburg in the Russian Premier League
Zenit St. Petersburg are currently in fifth position in the Russian top flight with 39 points. Three club from the country’s capital occupy the top three places in the table; namely Lokomotiv Moscow with 49 points, CSKA Moscow and Spartak Moscow (both on 41 points). Zenit were unbeaten in the league up until the 13th matchday; two matchdays later the team had to concede its position at the top of the table.
Roberto Mancini’s team played FC Rostov after losing 2-1 in Leipzig and drew 0-0 and dropped one place in the table. However, it’s still all to play for for next year’s Champions League spots. The winners and second-placed team qualify for the Champions League directly, while the third-placed side goes into the play-offs.
RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga
Die Roten Bullen also drew 0-0 at the weekend against VfB Stuttgart. The team now have 40 points and are sixth in the table.
While the upcoming league opponents, Bayern Munich, can win the Bundesliga title on Sunday, there is still an exciting race for next season’s European spots in the league.
Zenit St. Petersburg:
Emanuel Mammana: The Argentinian centre-back picked up a knee injury in the last game. The first-team regular is predicted to be out for six to nine months.
Daler Kuzyayev: The midfielder was injured in the last league game and limped off the pitch in the 70th minute. It is unsure whether the 25-year-old Russian will be able to play in Thursday’s second leg game.
Leandro Paredes: The midfield player has served his yellow-card suspension and is eligible to play in the second leg fixture in St. Petersburg. The 23-year-old Argentinian has picked up 12 scorer points in all competitions so far this season (five goals, seven assists).
Konrad Laimer: The defender had to leave the field in the first leg after he picked up an adductor injury. The 20-year-old returned to training on Monday, but worked individually.
Kevin Kampl: The 27-year-old midfielder missed the first-leg match against Zenit and the league game against VfB Stuttgart with muscular problems in his knee.
Whether Laimer and Kampl will be fit in time for the second-leg match against St. Petersburg remains to be seen.
Ademola Lookman: Our January signing will miss the game against St. Petersburg because the 20-year-old has already appeared for Everton in the Europa League, so is not eligible to play.
Timo Werner (3) and Bruma (2) have scored all of Leipzig’s goals in the Europa League so far!
Strong home record:
Zenit’s home ground is located on the Krestovsky Island in the centre of St. Petersburg. The stadium is also known as the Krestovsky Stadium or the Zenit Arena.