Champions League Preview: Sevilla – Spartak Moscow

Spartak Moscow travels to Spain on Tuesday night, facing off against Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. Despite the 5-1 thrashing two weeks ago at the Otkrytiye, it will be a difficult night for the Red-Whites. Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and will be able to call upon the services of star man Steven N'Zonzi, who has been influential in midfield for Los Rojiblancos so far this season. Spartak themselves are still on a thirteen match unbeaten run, scoring twelve goals in their last … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: Spartak Moscow – Sevilla

Spartak Moscow host Eduardo Berizzo's Sevilla side at the Otkrytiye Arena on Tuesday night. It is a key fixture for the home side, who are without a victory so far in the group stages. Spartak has won just two of their previous seventeen home games in the Champions League (D5, L10) and only kept one clean sheet in their last eighteen on home soil. However, have key players returning and are facing a makeshift Sevilla defence amidst an injury crisis. If Spartak takes their chances, may be able … [Read more...]

What Does the Future Hold for Aleksandr Kerzhakov?

For the first time in his football career Zenit goalkeeper Mikhail Kerzhakov, the younger brother of striker Aleksandr, is the more successful of the two brothers. After some shaky performances by Russian international Yuri Lodygin, Mikhail has been head coach André Villas-Boas’ first choice in Zenit’s last two games, two games where he has delivered solid performances between the posts for the Blue-White-Sky Blues, as Zenit often call themselves. Mikhail Kerzhakov has, with a career that … [Read more...]

Zenit St. Petersburg v Sevilla – Europa League Preview

Thursday sees the Petrovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg host the 2nd leg of the Europa League quarter final between Zenit St. Petersburg and reigning champions Sevilla. The first leg ended in a 2-1 win for for the Spanish side but, with a vital away goal, Zenit will feel they still have a good chance of going through. In the first leg manager Andre Villas Boas set Zenit up in a surprise 5-4-1 formation designed to contain pressure from Sevilla and then hit them on the counter attack. It worked … [Read more...]