Chelsea vs Zenit: prediction for the Champions League fixture
The reigning Champions League winners go against Zenit Saint Petersburg at Stamford Bridge on September 14. Will the visitors put up a fight? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Last season Chelsea won the main European club trophy. In the final of the Champions League, they unexpectedly defeated Manchester City. In the Premier League, the Blues finished only fourth.
In the summer, Chelsea bought Romelu Lukaku for 115 million, and Saul from Atletico for 5 million. The Blues kicked off the new season with a victory in the UEFA Super Cup. They had more luck in the penalty shootout than Villarreal.
After four rounds of the Premier League, Thomas Tuchel's charges got one draw and three victories over Crystal Palace (3:0), Arsenal (2:0), and Aston Villa (3:0). With ten points, Chelsea are currently in 2nd place in the table. The Blues have conceded only one goal in four games.
Pulisic and Kante are unavailable for this fixture.
Zenit St. Petersburg
Zenit won yet another title in the Russian Premier League last season. The gap between first and second place was eight points. On average Zenit scored 2,5 goals per game, which is the best attacking performance in the league.
Claudinho (12 mln), Dmitri Chistyakov (3,25 mln), and Stanislav Kritsyuk (2 mln) have joined the squad in the summer.
Sergei Semak's men started the new football year with a victory over Lokomotiv in the Russian Super Cup (3:0). After seven rounds of the Russian Premier League, Zenit have five victories and two draws, which equals 17 points. In the last two games, the club from Saint Petersburg defeated CSKA (1:0) and Akhmat (3:1). Zenit currently are leading the table.
Ozdoyev is injured, while Karavayev is a doubt.
The hosts have won their last two home games with a clean sheet.
This bet played in 2 of Chelsea's last 3 games.
The teams scored in both halves in 2 of Zenit's last 3 games.
This bet played in the last 2 games of Chelsea.
Zenit are on an unbeaten streak of 20 matches. The champions of Russia are in good shape, but the current Champions League winners have looked great recently, moreover, at Stamford Bridge, the chances of any opponent are close to zero. Chelsea have a stronger lineup, class advantage, and the support of the stands. This should be an easy win for the Londoners.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-2) to Chelsea.
Prediction: Handicap (-2) to Chelsea
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The visitors from St. Petersburg will play defensively, hoping to snatch a point, but we don't think they will succeed in holding back Chelsea. We predict that the Blues will win with a margin of two goals.
Second bet - Chelsea to win by 2 goals.