10. Zenit St. Petersburg
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Whisper it quietly - Zenit St. Petersburg have actually been very, very good. Eight games into the Russian season, Zenit lie in first place having not lost in any competition since July.
Shining points of the season include an 8-3 aggregate victory over Pacos Ferreira and a 6-0 two-leg demolition of Nordsjaelland. League play has seen Zenit prevail over Russian giants Lokomotiv Moscow and free-spending Anzhi Makhachkala.
The Eastern European powerhouses will undoubtedly have their last-gasp title loss to CSKA Moscow fresh upon their minds as they go about their business this season.
Portugese midfielder, Danny, has led the way with six goals and two assists in eight appearances.