Chelsea vs Zenit: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Champions League holders Chelsea begin their European campaign against Zenit on Tuesday at 8pm.

Chelsea vs Zenit: Betting Tips

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Chelsea vs Zenit: Predictions

Chelsea vs Zenit: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? No 1/2 with William Hill
Correct score Chelsea 3-0 Zenit 11/2 with bet365
First Goalscorer Romelu Lukaku 15/8 with Betfair

Thomas Tuchel became the first manager to reach back-to-back European Cup finals with different clubs last season, following up PSG’s defeat to Bayern Munich in the 2020 Lisbon showpiece with a 1-0 triumph over English champions Manchester City to secure Chelsea’s second title in Porto at the end of May.

The German coach will now look to reach his third successive final, but before he can even contemplate that date in Saint Petersburg, he must first navigate an awkward-looking Group H, which contains Juventus, Malmo and Tuesday’s opponents Zenit, whose Krestovsky Stadium will host the final.

This will actually be the first time Chelsea and Zenit have ever faced off, though the Blues are no strangers to taking on Russian opposition, having locked horns with Krasnodar in Group E last season, with The Bulls commendably securing a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge to secure third ahead of Rennes.

Tuchel’s side have made a tremendous start to the Premier League season, currently sitting second but level on points and goal difference with current pace-setters Manchester United, and he will be hoping that domestic form can now transfer over to the European scene as they look to avoid an early slip-up.

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Chelsea vs Zenit: Match Stats

The man in form at the minute for Chelsea is Romelu Lukaku, who enters this contest fresh from scoring a brace in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa at the weekend. The brilliant Belgian has scored 13 goals in his 27 previous Champions League appearances, which came with Man Utd and Inter Milan, while he has found the net in each of his previous two appearances against Russian opposition. In 2017/18, Lukaku netted thrice in just two games against CSKA Moscow.

For Zenit their biggest threat will come from 6ft 6in striker Artem Dzyuba, who has scored nine goals for Sine-Belo-Golubye in the Champions League, just one fewer than the club’s top-scoring player in the competition (Hulk on 10 goals). In fact, Dzyuba has been directly involved in 13 goals (nine goals, four assists) across just 18 starts for the club in the Champions League, so Chelsea’s defence better be well-prepared, or they could be in for a difficult evening against the towering forward.

Chelsea vs Zenit: Squawka Says

Scoreline prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Zenit

Chelsea vs Zenit: Odds

Chelsea vs Zenit: Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Chelsea and Zenit Saint Petersburg in a European competition. The London club are currently unbeaten in six previous games against Russian sides in the Champions League (five wins, one draw). Those include wins over Spartak Moscow, CSKA Moscow, Rubin Kazan and Krasnodar.


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