Zenit St. Petersburg and MalmÃ¶ meet at Gazprom Arena on Wednesday in Group H of the UEFA Champions League.
Both teams will be looking to secure a victory and kick off their campaign after losing their respective losses on Matchday 1.
Zenit St. Petersburg maintained their top position in the Russian Premier League with a 2-1 win over Krylya Sovetov Samara last Saturday.
This is the second consecutive victory for Sergej Semak’s men, who clinches a comfortable 3-1 victory over Rubin Kazan.
Zenit St. Petersburg will now return to the Champions League where they pushed defending champions Chelsea to the limit before suffering a 1-0 curtain-raiser defeat from Group H.
Meanwhile, MalmÃ¶ suffered a 3-0 defeat to Juventus in their group opener two Tuesdays ago.
They jump into the game after a thrilling 5-1 victory over Orebro in the Swedish top flight last Saturday.
With 41 points in 21 games, MalmÃ¶ is currently second in the Allsvenskan and will look to keep up the pace and claim their first victory of the continental tournament.
Zenit St. Petersburg vs MalmÃ¶ Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two teams and they will both aim to start their rivalry on a winning note.
Zenit St. Petersburg Form Guide (all competitions): WWLWW
MalmÃ¶ Form Guide (all competitions): DLDWW
Zenit St. Petersburg vs MalmÃ¶ team news
Zenit St. Petersburg
Dejan Lovren, Wilmar Barrios, Magomed Ozdoev and Vyacheslav Karavaev are all currently injured and will miss the game.
Injured: Dejan Lovren, Wilmar Barrios, Magomed Ozdoev, Vyacheslav Karavaev
Jonas Knudsen, Ola Toivonen, Oscar Lewicki, Soren Reims and Niklas Moisander will all be absent from the match due to injuries. There is no suspension problem for MalmÃ¶.
Injured: Jonas Knudsen, Ola Toivonen, Oscar Lewicki, Soren Reims, Niklas Moisander
Zenit St. Petersburg vs MalmÃ¶ Predicts XI
Zenit St. Petersburg Predicts XI (4-4-2): Stanislav Kritsiouk; Aleksey Sutormin, Dmitri Chistyakov, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Douglas Santos; Aleksandr Erokhin, Daler Kuzyaev, Claudinho, Malcolm; Artem Dzyuba, Serdar Azmoun
MalmÃ¶ Predicts XI (3-52): Johan Dahlin; Anel Ahmedhodzic, Lasse Nielsen, Martin Olsson; Jo Inge Berget, Anders Christiansen, Sebastian Nanasi, Erdal Rakip, Bonke Innocent; Viljeko Birmacevic, Antonio Colak
Zenit St. Petersburg vs MalmÃ¶ Prediction
We expect a thrilling competition between the two teams, who will look to bounce back from their day one losses.
Zenit come into the game with stronger form and we expect they will use their home support to take all three points.
Prediction: Zenit Saint Petersburg 2-0 MalmÃ¶