Zenit St Petersburg qualified for the 2012/13 Champions League group stages by finishing second in the Russian Premier League last year and they will be making only their third appearance in the competition. They are never an easy side to come up against, particularly at home when temperatures in Russia can test even the most steely of characters. They have built a strong squad and will be keen to make up for lost time.
|Last Season:||Group stages|
|Qualified:||2nd Russian League|
19:45 - Wed 11th December 2013 - Austria Vienna v Zenit St Petersburg
Zenit St Petersburg are 250/1 to win the Champions League in their third appearance in the tournament, although they could cause a few upsets along the way. Odds for their matches will appear here when available.
|Zenit St Petersburg||1/10||-||1/12||-||1/8||1/12||1/10|
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|18th Sep 13||Atletico Madrid||3 - 1||Zenit St Petersburg|
|1st Oct 13||Zenit St Petersburg||0 - 0||Austria Vienna|
|22nd Oct 13||Porto||0 - 1||Zenit St Petersburg|
|6th Nov 13||Zenit St Petersburg||1 - 1||Porto|
|26th Nov 13||Zenit St Petersburg||1 - 1||Atletico Madrid|
|11th Dec 13||Austria Vienna||19:45||Zenit St Petersburg|
Zenit St Petersburg are not a side to be underestimated and they came through the play-offs by beating Pacos Ferreira 8-3 on aggregate. They could cause the odd upset along the way, particularly at home where temperatures in Russia could give them a distinct advantage.
Their Italian manager Luciano Spalletti has built a decent squad, based mainly one home-grown talent, mixed with a sprinkling of foreign players. They can boast a couple of talented players from Portugal in Luis Neto, and Danny. Other notable players include Brazilian Hulk, Belgian Alex Witsel and Andre Arshavin