Martin Škrtel

The Europa League returns this week as Fenerbahçe take on Zenit St. Petersburg in the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.

Martin Skrtel

It’ll be important for the home side to build a lead to take back to Russia, and they should be confident of achieving that.

They haven’t lost at home in the EL proper in their previous 11 fixtures.

In this season’s competition, they claimed seven points at home on the way to qualifying as Group C winners. Impressively, they kept a clean sheet in all three of those matches.

Zenit travel to Turkey having failed to win any of their seven previous European away games (D2. L5). Scoring goals has become an issue for the Russian side away from St. Petersburg.

Fenerbahçe Martin Škrtel

Including qualifying rounds, they have played five EL away games this season and failed to score more than one goal in any of those trips abroad.

This is the first meeting between these two sides, yet Fenerbahçe are previously unbeaten in Istanbul against Russian visitors.

Robert Mak

Zenit have played just one European fixture against a side in Turkey, that was 1-1 draw with Beşiktaş in 2005/06.

Players to watch: Always a threat from set-pieces, Fenerbahçe defender Martin Škrtel will be looking to punish the club he made 74 appearances for between 2004 and 2007.

Robert Mak is Zenit’s top scorer in the EL this season and will be looking to secure his third goal of the competition in Turkey.