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Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg Predictions & Tips - Blues to begin UEFA Champions League defence with a win

  • Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg tips for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match
  • The Group H game is being played at Stamford Bridge (8pm BST)
  • Zenit have lost to nil in 3 of their last 4 away UCL matches
  • Can Chelsea win to nil to begin their Champions League defence?
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Gary Emmerson 14 Sep 2021
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Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg Predictions


Chelsea are tipped to begin their UEFA Champions League defence with a win to nil against Zenit St Petersburg, who struggle in this competition.
  • Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Chelsea Form 
  • Chelsea Team News
  • Zenit St Petersburg Form
  • Zenit St Petersburg Team News
  • Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg FAQs

Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in as many appearances since returning to Chelsea and should continue to be backed.

  • Chelsea have won 3 of their last 4 matches to nil (Premier League).
  • Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Champions League)
  • Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku has scored the opening goal in 2 of his last 3 matches (Premier League).
  • Zenit St Petersburg have lost 8 of their last 10 matches (UEFA Champions League).
  • Zenit St Petersburg have lost 3 of their last 4 away matches to nil (UEFA Champions League).
  • Zenit St Petersburg have conceded 3 goals in 3 of their last 4 away matches (UEFA Champions League).

Head to Head


This will be the first time that Chelsea and Zenit St Petersburg have met.

Chelsea Form 


Chelsea continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday with Romelu Lukaku getting a brace.

The Blues beat Villarreal on penalties to lift the UEFA Super Cup, and recorded wins over Crystal Palace 3-0 and Arsenal 2-0 in the Premier League.

Prior to the international break, 10-man Chelsea held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Chelsea Team News


Winger Christian Pulisic is out for Chelsea, while midfielder N'Golo Kante is unlikely to be risked as he closes in on a return from injury.

Jorginho will come back into the midfield after being rested against Aston Villa.

Reece James is available after a Premier League suspension. 

Zenit St Petersburg Form


Zenit St Petersburg are on a 17-game unbeaten run with the Russian Premier League champions once again sitting top of the domestic standings.

Sergey Semak's side have won their last two matches with a 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow prior to the international break and a 3-1 victory against Akhmat Grozny on Saturday.

In last season's Champions League, Zenit picked up a single point from their six group games.

Zenit St Petersburg Team News


Midfielder Magomed Ozdoev remains sidelined by a knee injury. 

Right-back Vyacheslav Karavaev sat out the win over Akhmat Grozny and is doubtful, as is with centre-back Dmitri Chistyakov.

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Verdict

Chelsea should record a routine victory over a Zenit side who are often outclassed in the Champions League. Romelu Lukaku has made an instant impact on his return to Stamford Bridge and is backed for more goals.

Best Bet: Chelsea & Lukaku Win & Anytime Goalscorer $1.70 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units
Value Bet: Chelsea To Win To Nil $1.72 at Neds - 3 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Romelu Lukaku First Goalscorer $3.55 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Chelsea Win 3-0 Correct Score $6.50 at Betstar Australia - 1 Unit

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