Zenit St Petersburg won the Europa League in 2008 and can use their European experience to their advantage against RB Leipzig.
The Zenitchiki went down 2-1 in Germany but Domenico Criscito’s late away goal could make the difference, especially when you consider they have never lost at home in this competition.
Leipzig are new to the European scene but having crashed out of the Champions League, still appear to be perfecting the art of balancing domestic and continental commitments.
However, they impressed with a last-32 victory over Napoli but face Bayern Munich at the weekend and may have their focus elsewhere. It is also worth adding that Naples is not St Petersburg and it is set to be a balmy minus eight centigrade come kick-off.
Another tie on a knife edge sees Leipzig’s sister club Red Bull Salzburg face Borussia Dortmund.
The Austrians were good value for their 2-1 win in Germany and are finally starting to make an impact on the European stage.
Dortmund’s players still seem somewhat at odds with boss Peter Stoger’s defensive tactics and the former Koln boss is not expected to have his contract extended.
BVB are another side who dropped out of the Champions League and although they are no longer the force they were, remain extremely dangerous customers.
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