Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg prediction & betting tips brought to you by football expert Tom Love.
Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg Stats
- Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches (Champions League).
- Chelsea are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 matches (Champions League).
- Zenit have conceded at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches (Champions League).
Betting Tip: Chelsea to Win 2-0 or Chelsea to Win 3-0
Last season it was Chelsea who lifted the Champions League Trophy in the Estadio Do Dragao, Porto, after a classic Chelsea performance and a 1-0 win. Huge credit has to go to Thomas Tuchel who negotiated some tricky looking ties against Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Manchester City to take top honours.
They’re currently 9/1 4th favourites to repeat the feat, which does look a little big given Tuchel’s record and his sides’ defensive resilience and sheer squad strength. Their curtain raiser this year looks a manageable one at home to Russian outfit Zenit. Sergei Semak’s troops have rarely managed to go far in this competition and the relative league strength between the Premier League and the Russian League is stark.
It’s no surprise Chelsea are short so we have to get creative with our selections. I’ll split my stakes between the two favourites in the correct score market, 2-0 and 3-0 at 5/1 and 6/1 respectively. The Blues have kept clean sheets against much stronger sides than Zenit but I think they’ll look to rest and rotate ahead of the weekend game with Spurs should they go a couple of goals up.
Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg Odds
Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg Lineups
Chelsea probable lineup
Mendy, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, James, Havertz, Mount, Lukaku
Zenit St Petersburg probable lineup
Kerzhakov, Sutormin, Rakitskiy, Santos, Kurgovoy, Malcom, Kuzyaev, Barrios, Wendel, Azmoun, Dzyuba
Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg Prediction
Chelsea 3-0 Zenit St Petersburg