Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny believes his side can get something from tonight's Europa League trip to an 'exceptional' Zenit St Petersburg side.
Kenny's SSE Airtricity Premier Division champions take on the Russians at 6pm Irish time before flying back to face Cork City in Sunday's FAI Cup final (Live on RTÉ2).
“It’s a big week," Kenny said.
"There’s a lot of anticipation. Zenit are an exceptional team with exceptional players but we showed in the last game and all the games that we are a good side ourselves. We have a good attacking threat.
“We have been good on the counter attack. It’s a big occasion for us. Expectation is that Zenit will beat us comfortably but we don’t see it that way. We want to go and get a result and we feel that we can do that.”
The Lilywhites sit second in Group D with four points, five behind leaders Zenit, who fought back to win 2-1 in Tallaght a fortnight ago.
Robbie Benson had given Dundalk hope of a memorable victory but goals from Mak and Giuliano gave the visitors victory.
Dundalk trained at the Petrovsky Stadium yesterday evening in snowy, sub-zero conditions and there is more snowfall expected tomorrow on matchday.
Robbie Benson and Shane Grimes have been ruled out with hamstring problems while Darren Meenan hasn’t travelled to Russia due to a bereavement in his family.
Stephen O’Donnell returns to the European squad for the first time since the opening game of the competition in Alkmaar after he missed the games against Maccabi and Zenit through suspension and injury respectively.