DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Conor O'Brien should see his Champions League debut on Tuesday evening against Russian powerhouse Zenit while Ben Spencer could be a bench option for Molde against Warsaw.
FC Nordsjaelland - Zenit St. Petersburg
After sitting out Nordsjaelland's last game, Conor O'Brien will likely take the field at some point on Tuesday evening when the Wild Tigers host Zenit St. Petersburg in a tough Champions League qualifying match.
Nordsjaelland showed some signs of life in Friday's night draw with Viborg, although they are clearly still miles away from performing at peak levels.
Even though the 1-1 scoreline was drastically better than their 4-0 drubbing four days prior in the season opener, their inability to generate any meaningful offense after a second-minute go-ahead goal combined with a moment of defensive carelessness to see them resigned to the draw.
Luckily they are facing a Zenit team that has also struggled in the young Russian season. After winning their season opener they have taken only one point from their two followup games, most recently allowing Kuban Krasnodar to net a late equalizer in last weekend's action.
Neither team is reporting any absences.
After making an appearance on Molde's bench in their second-round qualifying win one week before, Ben Spencer could be in uniform for the Norwegian champions on Tuesday when they host Legia Warsaw. Molde winger Josh Gatt is out for the remainder of the season after recently undergoing knee surgery.