Thursday 21 September 2017

Dundalk v Zenit: What time does it start, what channel is it on? Here is everything you need to know

Dundalk's Ciaran Kilduff, right, celebrates his side's winner
Dundalk's Ciaran Kilduff, right, celebrates his side's winner

David Smith

Dundalk host FC Zenit in Tallaght Stadium tonight. Here's everything you need to know about the Europa League clash.

What time does it start and what channel is it on?

Kickoff is at 8.05pm, and the game will be shown on Eir Sport. Coverage begins at 7.45pm.

What are the odds?

Dundalk: 10/1   Draw: 4/1    Zenit: 2/9

Team News:

Dundalk:

Dundalk captain Stephen O'Donnell will miss out after suffering a hamstring injury. Stephen Kenny has revealed that his players are struggling with fatigue due to their hectic fixture schedule, and the Dundalk physios are working overtime.

John Mountney is likely to miss out due to a back injury, while Sean Gannon (calf knock) and Chris Shields (groin) are both doubts. Andy Boyle is likely to skipper the side in O'Donnell's absence.

FC Zenit:

FC Zenit boss Mircea Lucescu has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight's visit to Dublin. The Russians, who are unbeaten in all competitions so far this season, have a strong squad at their disposal.

Lucescu has Alex Witsel, Javi Garcia, Artem Dyzuba and other international players at his disposal for the clash. Zenit are without ex-Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov and their captain Danny.

Form:

Both sides are enjoying strong domestic campaigns.

Dundalk strolled to a 3-0 victory in Longford on Monday night, and now lead the Airtricity League by seven points with just three games remaining.

The Louth men drew 1-1 in Alkmaar in their opening Europa League group game, before beating Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-0 in Tallaght last time out.

Zenit are unbeaten in all competitions this season, and they are second on goal difference in the Russian league, having collected 22 points from their opening 10 games.

The Russians have already beaten Maccabi Tel-Aviv and AZ Alkmaar in Group D, winning 4-3 and 5-0 respectively

What they say:

Artem Dyzuba - "We are starting to understand our opponent today, we think Dundalk will play a British style of game, long balls, to challenge us and tackle hard."

Alex Witsel - "I didn’t know a lot about Dundalk before this season – but of course I have heard about them now with two matches against them coming up for Zenit."

Stephen Kenny - "We're going to have to get our energy from the crowd. We're going to have to reach deep inside ourselves."

Andy Boyle - "We'll look at some video to see what they're all about and going into the game we'll be prepared."

Ones to watch:

Dundalk: All eyes will be on Daryl Horgan, who enters this crucial match in the best form of his career. The pacey winger will be integral to any Dundalk success tonight.

Zenit: Alex Witsel is a top player. The attacking midfielder has 76 caps for Belgium, and has been linked with Juventus in recent months.

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