September 13, 2021 4:25 PM
Last modified date: September 13, 2021 4:58 PM
Alex Sarwar

Group Stage – Chelsea vs Zenit Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Chelsea vs Zenit taking place? Chelsea vs Zenit will take place on Tuesday 14th September, 2021 at 20:00 (UK)

Where is Chelsea vs Zenit taking place? Chelsea vs Zenit will take place at Stamford Bridge in London

Where can I get tickets for Chelsea vs Zenit? Ticket information for Chelsea vs Zenit can be found on each club’s official website

What TV channel is Chelsea vs Zenit on in the UK? Chelsea vs Zenit will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Chelsea vs Zenit in the UK? BT Sport subscribers can stream Chelsea vs Zenit live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

CHELSEA

PREDICTED XI (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Havertz, Mount; Lukaku

UNAVAILABLE: Pulisic (Injured)

QUESTIONABLE: Kante (Injured)

ZENIT

PREDICTED XI (5-3-2): Kritsyuk; Kuzyaev, Chistiakov, Lovren, Rakitskiy, Douglas Santos; Malcom, Claudinho, Wendel; Erokhin, Azmoun

UNAVAILABLE: Barrios (Unavailable due to quarantine restrictions in the UK), Karavaev (Injured), Ozdoev (Injured)

QUESTIONABLE:

THE PREDICTION

Reigning Champions League and Super Cup winners Chelsea get the defence of their European crown underway with a home clash against Russian champions Zenit in Group H. Whilst the Blues have always proven a formidable opponent from a defensive perspective since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel as head coach, resigning Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku from Italian champions Internazionale is expected to take them to the next level and Lukaku already has three goals in three appearances for Chelsea. Whilst Zenit will set up in an extremely disciplined manner, making themselves as hard as possible to break down, the quality Chelsea possess within their squad should ultimately overwhelm the visitors and see the reigning champions through to a comfortable victory by at least two clear goals.

TIP: CHELSEA TO WIN WITH A -1 HANDICAP

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