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Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions and odds

Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions and odds

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.

Chelsea 1/6

Draw 6/1

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 win Champions League title

PORTO, PORTUGAL – MAY 29: Players of Chelsea celebrate with the trophy at the end of the UEFA Champions League final match against Manchester City at Estádio do Dragão on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein – UEFA/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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.

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Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg: Match preview

Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions and odds

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 22: Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on August 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

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?

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 24: Sebastian Driussi of Zenit St. Petersburg during the UEFA Champions League Group F stage match between SS Lazio and Zenit St. Petersburg at Stadio Olimpico on November 24, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images)

ROME, ITALY – NOVEMBER 24: Sebastian Driussi of Zenit St. Petersburg during the UEFA Champions League Group F stage match between SS Lazio and Zenit St. Petersburg at Stadio Olimpico on November 24, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images)

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 vs Zenit Saint Petersburg betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions and odds

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 14: Trevoh Chalobah of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Cesar Azpilicueta after scoring their side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on August 14, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

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

Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions and odds

Branislav Ivanović of Zenit looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Zenit St. Petersburg and Olympique Lyonnais on November 27, 2019 at Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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 Chelsea line-up vs Zenit Saint Petersburg

Predicted Zenit Saint Petersburg line-up vs Chelsea

Predicted Zenit Saint Petersburg line-up vs Chelsea

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Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg betting tips: UEFA Champions League Group Stages preview, predictions and odds FAQs

When does Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg kick off?

20:00 (UK), Tuesday 14 September 2021.

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Chelsea 3-0 Zenit Saint Petersburg.

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