Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Club Brugge will be looking to keep their Champions League last 16 hopes alive when they welcome Zenit at their Jan Breydel Stadion. The Belgian champions did well to beat Zenit in Sankt Petersburg earlier in the process, but given their current form, we do not believe that home win should be considered. Nigerian attacker Dennis should be recalled to the starting line-up, after he was excluded from the squad for the previous group game.
The Zenitchiki experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Lazio. Both Zenit and Club Brugge are likely to go for a win in Wednesday’s football match, and we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. Rakitsky returns from a domestic ban, while Lovren, Odzoev, and Krugovoy have been tested positive for coronavirus. Wendel and Karavaev are out of contention with injury.
Highlighted Player (Simon Mignolet):
Simon Luc Hildebert Mignolet is a Belgium goalkeeper born on 6 March 1988 in Sint-Truiden. He began his career in a club from his hometown, making 100 league appearances for Sint-Truidense before moving to Sunderland in 2010.
Mignolet would go on to spent next four years at the Stadium of Light, making 90 Premier League appearances. As one of world’s most talented goalkeepers, the Belgium international signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2013, and he has since been the club’s first choice goalkeeper. Performing admirably most of the time, but also committing cheap mistakes at times, Mignolet has yet to win over the Liverpool fans, but remains highly regarded in his native country.
The talented shot-stopper has been a member of the Belgium national team since 2011, earning over 20 caps for the Red Devils, but he has been playing second fiddle to Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois over the last few years.
Highlighted Team (Zenit):
Zenit Saint Petersburg are a Russian football club that was founded by workers of Leningrad Metal Plant in 1925. Over the years the Zenitchiki have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in Russian football, but they won their first domestic trophy in 1984.
Zenit have been impressive in the national championship in the 21st century, winning four league titles, while clinching two Russian Cups (2010, 2016). The Zenitchiki are a regular participant of the Champions League group stages and in 2008 they did well to win the UEFA Cup. The Russian outfit defeated Glasgow Rangers (2-0) in the title game, with Denisov and Zyryanov both finding the net in the final of the competition.
Zenit play their home games at Krestovsky Stadium, the venue that was opened in 2016. Gazprom are the club’s main sponsors and the colour of their home shirts is white-sky blue. Brazilian ace Hulk is probably the most notable footballer who played for Zenit.