Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Thanks to a 1-1 draw with Lazio in the last group game, Borussia Dortmund booked their place in the Champions League last 16. Lucien Favre’s troops are now on a quest to secure top position in Group F, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Zenit on Tuesday evening. Even though key attacker Erling Haland remains in the recovery room, Borussia Dortmund are seen as hot favourites to win the match.
The likes of Marco Reus and Thorgan Hazard should be recalled to the starting XI after they were rested in a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend. Zenit, on the other hand, have nothing to play for in Tuesday’s clash, and even though first-choice centre-forward Artem Dzyuba has overcome his injury, we are tempted to put our money on the Group F leaders this time out.
Highlighted Player (Artem Dzyuba):
Over the years Artem Dzyuba has established himself as one of the best players in the Russian Premier League. The 196-cm-tall attacker began his senior career at Spartak Moscow and after ending his loan spells with Tom Tomsk and Rostov, he moved to Zenit St. Petersburg in 2015.
Artem Dzyuba scored 15 goals for the Zenitchiki in the 2015-16 Russian Premier League campaign, while providing nine assists for his teammates. The Russian forward was not as successful in the 2016/2017 season as he scored 13 goals in 26 appearances for Roberto Mancini’s troops, while having six assists. Dzyuba made his debut for the Russia national football team in November 2011 in a friendly game against Greece, but he did not represent Russia at the Euro 2012 finals.
The Zenit striker scored his first goal for the Russian national team on September 8, 2014 in a 4-0 win over Liechtenstein. Artem Dzyuba was born in Moscow (Soviet Union) on August 22, 1988 and he is a product of Spartak Moscow football school.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football.
Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times.
However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.