Champions League LIVE: Zenit vs. Juventus

by | Oct 20, 2021 18:50

Alvaro Morata returns to the starting XI with Matthijs de Ligt and Weston McKennie, as Juventus visit Zenit and Artem Dzyuba rather than Sardar Azmoun.

It kicks off in St Petersburg at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Manchester United-Atalanta on the LIVEBLOG.

Champions League liveblog: Man Utd vs. Atalanta and Zenit vs. Juventus

The Bianconeri have won both their Champions League games so far and vastly improved their Serie A form too after a dismal start.

Injury problems persist, as Paulo Dybala and Adrien Rabiot are still out of action, but Morata, De Ligt and McKennie are back in the starting XI.

There were reports Alex Sandro had a stomach bug, but he starts anyway, with Mattia De Sciglio stepping in for Danilo on the right.

Federico Chiesa, Federico Bernardeschi and Manuel Locatelli again pull the strings, with Giorgio Chiellini and Juan Cuadrado rested.

Zenit are not to be under-estimated, as they only narrowly lost 1-0 away to Chelsea, then crushed Malmo 4-0.

Midfielder Magomed Ozdoev is the only absentee, as Yaroslav Rakitskyy returns.

Surprisingly, Artem Dzyuba is chosen as the centre-forward rather than Iran international and sometime Roma transfer target Azmoun.

Zenit: Kritsyuk; Lovren, Chsitiakov, Rakitskyy, Douglas Santos; Karavaev, Barrios, Wendel; Malcom, Dzubya, Claudinho

Zenit bench: M Kerzhakov, Byazrov, Krugovoi, Azmoun, Kuzyaev, Mostovoy, Sutormin, Erokhin, Kravtsov, Kuznetsov, Khotulev

Juventus: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Locatelli, McKennie; Chiesa, Morata, Bernardeschi

Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Perin, Chiellini, Arthur, Danilo, Ramsey, Cuadrado, Kean, Rugani, Kulusevski

Ref: Scharer (SUI)

Alvaro Morata

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