February 25, 2014 ·
Last term’s runners-up will hope to improve their performance in the continental championship as their hope for domestic league seems shaky.
The German side finished their group stage at the top position narrowly as Arsenal and Napoli also finished on same points.
The Italian side were eliminated from the competition despite of having same point as Dortmund, however, their opponents secured their place in the last sixteen with half as many points as Jorgen Klopp’s side.
Klopp’s men secured 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, which was followed by 3-0 disappointing loss at Hamburger SV, which ended their ten-match unbeaten run.
Dortmund sit third in the Bundesliga table with 42 points from 22 games, 20 points behind league leaders Bayern Munich, who won 2-0 at at Arsenal in their first leg of the round of sixteen.
Defender Mats Hummels is unlikely to feature in this match due to a ankle injury, while Sven Bender (pubic bone inflammation), Ilkay Gundogan (compression of the spine), Jakub Blaszczykowski and Neven Subotic (both knee) are set to miss this match for the visitors.
Luciano Spalletti’s side secured just one win in the group stages, however that one victory and three draws were enough to send their place in the round of 16 for the second time.
Zenit are at top of the Russian Premier League, courtesy to their superior head-to-head record against second placed Lokomotiv Moscow, who also have 40 points.
Spalletti’s men have lost two out of their last four matches winning remaining two in club friendlies, which includes 2-1 defeat against Metalist and 2-0 win over Trans, both at home.
January signing Salomon Rondon, who joind Zenit from Rubin Kazan is likely to make his debut in the competitions if succeed to pass fitness test.
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