Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg betting tips
This article covers Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg betting tips and predictions, and these are the betting odds.
Zenit Saint Petersburg 16/1
Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg: Match details
Match: Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg
Competition: UEFA Champions League Group H matchday 1
Date: Tuesday 14 September 2021
Kick-off time: 8:00 pm, (UK)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Betting prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Zenit Saint Petersburg
Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg: Recommended bets
Chelsea to win and over 2.5 goals is 8/11.
The Blues to win and both teams to score NO is 4/6.
Romelu Lukaku is 21/10 to break the deadlock and 3/5 to add to his tally.
Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg: What are the betting odds?
Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg – recent form and head to head statistics
Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg: Match preview
The European champions start the defence of their crown.
Back on 29 May, Chelsea won the Champions League for the second time, beating Manchester City 1-0 at Estádio do Dragão; Kai Havertz the hero.
But it was another German, Head Coach Thomas Tuchel, who got the plaudits, guiding them to European glory just four months after taking charge.
How many trophies will the Blues end up with this season?
Well, they’ve already secured one, beating Villarreal in Belfast in the UEFA Super Cup on penalties last month.
As well as this, they’ve also made an excellent start in the Premier League.
On Saturday evening, Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace, Mateo Kovačić also got in on the act, in a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Aston Villa.
This means they’ve amassed ten points, beating Crystal Palace and Arsenal, as well as a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Anfield.
This leaves them second in the table, behind Manchester United on goals scored; will they win first league title since 2017?
But first, the Blues commence their Champions League campaign, dreaming of become the first English club to retain this trophy since Nottingham Forest in 1980.
The London club have got through 16 of their last 17 Champions League group stages, only faltering in 2012 when they were last defending champions.
Also, they’ve only suffered defeat in two of their last 47 home group phase games.
Italian giants Juventus and Swedish champions Malmö are also in Group H so it would be a major surprise if Chelsea and Juve didn’t advance.
Will Tuchel’s side ease to victory at Stamford Bridge?
Can Zenit spring a surprise?
Zenit Saint Petersburg meanwhile are Russia’s only representatives in this season’s Champions League.
Will they improve on their recent dismal European performances?
Last season, the Sky Blues won their eighth league title and third in a row, ending up eight points clear of Spartak Moscow.
This season, after just seven fixtures, they’re already top with 17 points, beating Akhmat Grozny 3-1 on Saturday.
Brazilians Wendel and Malcom scoring with Aleksandr Yerokhin netting in between.
Despite their recent domestic domination, Zenit;’s recent Champions League record is very poor.
They’ve finished bottom of their group in each of the last two seasons, amassing seven points in 2019 and then just one a year ago.
Las season’s showing against Borussia Dortmund, Lazio and Club Brugge was a real embarrassment.
Away from home in the Champions League, Zenit have only won two of their last 12 fixtures, beating Valencia and Lyon both in 2015.
Before this, they reached the Europa League round of 16 in 2017 and 2018, going out to RB Leipzig and Villarreal respectively.
A Europa League knockout round spot will be the minimum expectation for Sergei Semak’s side, making their two meetings with Malmö crucial.
Will Zenitchiki leave London with a point or even a shock victory in their first trip to England for nine years?
Chelsea team news vs Zenit Saint Petersburg
Chelsea possess an embarrassment of riches in their squad, giving Thomas Tuchel a plethora of options to choose from.
With a trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium coming up on Sunday, will he be tempted to rotate a bit?
Édouard Mendy has started every game in goal so far but don’t be surprised if UEFA Super Cup hero Kepa Arrizabalaga is given a rare chance.
In defence, Trevoh Chalobah made his debut in the Super Cup and, in total, has started three games this season including at the weekend.
He could keep his place here with Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen alongside; this would see Thiago Silva rested.
At wing-back, Ben Chilwell hasn’t played a single minute, for club or country, since the Champions League Final in May.
However, he could be rotated in here with Marcos Alonso afforded a breather.
In the middle, Saúl Ñíguez made his debut, after joining from Atlético Madrid on loan, but was taken off at half time on Saturday.
With N’Golo Kanté injured, Jorginho could return alongside weekend goalscorer Mateo Kovačić.
In attack, Mason Mount got a rare rest at the weekend but will surely return for this one.
Champions League Final hero Kai Havertz could be alongside, in support of Romelu Lukaku.
The £97.5 million signing has scored three times for Chelsea since returning and also scored thrice for Belgium earlier this month.
If this is the front three, Hakim Ziyech would join Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Timo Werner and others on a star-studded subs bench.
Christian Pulisic is a doubt after getting injured while playing for the U.S. last week.
Will Chelsea blow Zenit away?
Zenit Saint Petersburg team news vs Chelsea
As for the Russian Premier League champions, they undoubtedly have some talented players but will it be enough to stun Chelsea?
Stanislav Kritsyuk made his debut in goal on Saturday after joining from Gil Vicente on 2 September.
In defence, Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanović spent three years with Zenit before leaving for West Brom a year ago.
These days at right-back, with Vyacheslav Karavayev injured, Aleksei Sutormin will continue to fill in.
Dejan Lovren is the captain and he’s likely to return to the XI alongside Yaroslav Rakitskyi at centre-back.
In midfield, Magomed Ozdoyev is another key performer out injured.
So, Daler Kuzyayev and Wednel will be the midfield duo.
Malcom is one of their stars but has been lacking fitness so could remain as a substitute.
In attack, Sergei Semak deploys a classic little-and-large partnership.
Iran’s talisman Sardar Azmoun and Russia’s captain Artem Dzyuba will be looking to cause Chelsea’s back three some problems.
The latter has scored 19 international goals since the start of World Cup 2018 and will be looking to add to his nine Champions League goals.
Will Zenit leave Stamford Bridge with a result?
Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Zenit Saint Petersburg
Predicted Zenit Saint Petersburg line-up vs Chelsea
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When does Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg kick off?
20:00 (UK), Tuesday 14 September 2021.
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What is the 101 Great Goals prediction for Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg?
Chelsea 3-0 Zenit Saint Petersburg.