Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid players attend a training session, November 25. Reuters
Atletico Madrid players attend a training session, November 25. Reuters
Atletico Madrid players attend a training session, November 25. Reuters

Atletico Madrid will look to keep their 100 percent record in the Champions League intact when they travel to a Zenit St. Petersburg side desperate for victory.

Zenit can possibly qualify for the last 16 along with Atletico, if the Russian side beat the Spaniards, and FC Porto fail to pick up three points in their match against Austria Wien.

The Russians are currently second in Group G with five points from four matches, one ahead of Porto. Atletico have already qualified as group winners and the final two matches are all about keeping their momentum going rather than anything else, with Diego Simeone expected to rest several of his first team players.

"I would prefer if it Atletico played their full-strength side because the absence of several players from the opposition might affect us," Zenit manager Luciano Spalletti said. "I see a danger in the fact my players might think it's a weakened Atletico team -- but this is not the case."

Zenit are coming off a surprise 2-0 defeat at the hands of FC Rostov on Friday, but still lead the Russian Premier League, and Atletico manager Simeone wants his side to continue displaying the "hunger to win and the desire to play classy football."

"It does not matter if we have gone through or not, nor the way we've played before," Simeone said. "What is important is the game itself, not what is happening around it. The main thing is that on the pitch we show the hunger to win and the desire to play classy football.

"They [Zenit] have a strong attack made up of internationals. Zenit have a strong, rapid transition from defence to attack, which could create problems for us. I cannot say which team is better, Porto or Zenit. The Portuguese have huge experience of playing at the highest level, the Russians a great opportunity and ambition."

Team news: Zenit are without Nicolas Lombaerts, Danny and Cristian Ansaldi, while Aleksandr Anyukov is a major doubt, having missed the last two training sessions.

Mario Suarez is ruled out for Atletico, with Simeone likely to rest the likes of David Villa, Arda Turan and Diego Costa.

Key men: Zenit: Hulk needs to step up for Zenit, and the Brazilian will be expected to provide goals as well as assists.

Atletico Madrid: Adrian Lopez might get a chance to impress from the start, and the forward might want to show exactly why the likes of Arsenal were so interested in his services not so long ago.

Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for a 10.30 pm IST start with no live coverage in India. You can catch the action live online by clicking the link HERE. To live stream the match in the U.S. via Fox Sports click HERE. To catch all the action via live streaming in the U.K., click HERE. To catch the game live streaming online in the Middle East and North Africa, click HERE.

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