Champions League Parlay: Betting on Zenit, Chelsea To Look Strong
Thomas Tuchel is out for revenge on Tuesday when Chelsea host Juventus in the Champions League Round 5 while Zenit are still in contention for a Europa League spot.
Malmo FF vs. Zenit Prediction
Champions League Group H is not complicated. Juventus and Chelsea (no matter the order) with qualify in the knock-out stages while Zenit and Malmo are still fighting for a third-place finish which will offer them the chance to play in the Europa League round of 32.
Malmo are probably the worst team in the UCL group stages. They lost all four games scoring zero and conceding 12 goals in the process. In the reverse match they lost 4-0 in Russia, and we expect them to continue this negative streak on Tuesday.
If two teams are tied at the end of the group stage campaign, head-to-head matches will be the tiebreaker. Zenit have a massive upper hand as they won the reverse match 4-0 but Malmo have nothing to lose so we expect them to go all in. You would say that Zenit should be happy also with a draw, but we know how dangerous is to play for a draw match.
The European pedigree, the experience at this level, the difference in qualify are all on Zenit’s favor. They even have a slim chance to finish second, but they need a miracle. They scored 39 goals in 15 domestic league games leading the Russian Premier League. On the other side, Malmo are about to lose the Sweden Allsvenskan title. They were kept to a 2-2 draw by Hacken at the weekend, but they are still two points clear at the top of the table. Their followers, Djurgarden have a game in hand on them and if they win their final three games, they win the title.
Anders Christiansen, Felix Beijmo , Jonas Knudsen and Swedish legend Ola Toivonen are all out for the hosts while Stanislav Kritsyuk and Daler Kuzyaev are unavailable for Zenit. Malmo’s performances have dropped over the last few games, and we expect the Russian giants to add three more points to their group tally.
Malmo FF vs. Zenit Pick
- 1st Leg of the Parlay: Zenit ML @ -105 (Bet365)
Chelsea vs. Juventus Prediction
The Champions League reigning champs will have revenge on their minds after a shocking 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture. Why shocking? Because, given their form of the two teams at that time, Juve’s win with one goal scored from one shot on target was a shock. It’s true, Juve were brilliant at the back but Chelsea were unable to carve out any clear openings.
Chelsea will still qualify but it’s very important for them to finish top in their group so a win on Tuesday on home soil is a must.
Max Allegri has made a slow start to his second spell in charge, but it looks like things look better and better for the Old Lady. Three wins in a row across all competitions and two clean sheets in the process. Juventus will definitely have the same defensive approach against the Blues and will try to score on the break. They are happy even with a point so expect 11 players behind the ball with Leonardo Bonucci and Matthijs de Ligt leading the defensive line.
It seems that Chelsea are playing better without Romelu Lukaku. He was very close to returning to the team training and get involved on Sunday against Leicester but is unlikely to feature yet. Timo Werner was an unused substitute on the bench in their impressive 3-0 win over Leicester City, but we don’t expect him to start against Juventus because this type of match might come too soon for him.
Since the defeat to Juventus, Chelsea have played nine games across all competitions winning seven of them. On the other side, Juve enters this clash on the back of a 2-0 win on the road against Lazio closing the gap on the top spots in Serie A with both Napoli and AC Milan losing to Inter and Fiorentina respectively.
We don’t expect a high-scoring affair so if you like to bet the goals market you should go with the under but for our 2nd pick of this parlay we’re going with the home win.
Chelsea vs. Juventus Pick
- 2nd Leg of the Parlay: Chelsea to win @ -155 (DraftKings)
Tuesday's Champions League Parlay Pick
2-Leg Champions League Parlay @ +222