Lively Spartak forward Adriano can open the scoring
Champions League Group E
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Maribor’s only point came in the reverse fixture, although the Russians were ravaged by injuries at the time and have since seen key men return.
That was shown with a 5-1 demolition of Sevilla on matchday three and Spartak are unbeaten in the Russian league since mid-August.
Roman Zobnin, one of Spartak’s most influential performers from last season’s title success, is finally fit again after a long-term ACL problem and Aleksandr Samedov is also available to further boost Massimo Carrera’s options.
Spartak need to win and Luiz Adriano is fancied to break the deadlock. The Brazilian bagged twice in the 4-1 victory at Krasnodar on Saturday.
Luiz Adriano first scorer
1pt 7-2 general
Georgi Dzhikiya is banned, while Georgi Tigiev and Jano Ananidze are injured.
Aleksandar Rajcevic is injured. Luka Zahovic, Denis Sme and Loir Einbrom are out long-term.
Spartak have scored in 14 of their last 15 matches.
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