Champions League preview, odds and free guess

After successful final season’s Champions League with a spectacular run, Chelsea kick off this yr’s competitors with a really winnable dwelling fixture in opposition to Zenit St Petersburg at Stamford Bridge.

The draw for this yr’s group phases has been type to the holders. Juventus are the plain risk to their probabilities of topping Group H, which additionally contains Malmo.

Russian champions Zenit have sprung loads of surprises up to now, however their days of usually reaching the knockout rounds are long gone.

Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg betting suggestions

Odds are appropriate on the time of publication and are topic to vary.

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Defensive power offers Blues an edge

The large-money acquisition of their former striker Romelu Lukaku over the summer season was an actual assertion of Chelsea’s title intent that has since been backed up by a powerful begin to their home marketing campaign.

Thomas Tuchel’s facet have received three and drawn considered one of their opening 4 video games and are second within the desk, behind Manchester United solely on targets scored, with the sending-off of Reece James a mitigating issue the one time they’ve dropped factors thus far this season.

In truth, the penalty Mohamed Salah transformed after James was proven a purple card for deliberate handball is the one objective the Blues have conceded within the league, and the actual fact they held agency away at a title rival with 10 males emphasises their defensive capabilities.

Their path to European success final season was constructed on their power with out the ball, even underneath Frank Lampard, however Tuchel took the facet to the following degree as they stored 5 clear sheets of their seven knockout video games, conceding simply two targets alongside the best way within the enterprise finish of the competitors.

Zenit have made a robust begin domestically, successful 5 and drawing two of their opening seven video games to go two factors clear on the summit, however they’ve been right here earlier than and home success has not at all times been transferred to the European stage.

Sergei Semak’s males picked up only one level as they completed backside of their group final season with their winless run within the Champions League stretching to seven video games, dropping two of their three away video games with out scoring.

On the street, they’ve failed to attain in three of the final 4 in Europe and there may be little proof to recommend that can change on Tuesday.

Tip: Chelsea to win to nil @ 4/6 with Paddy Energy

Lukaku sharpens Chelsea assault

There seem like many choices for Tuchel to capitalise on his facet’s means to maintain clear sheets, with gamers who supply tempo, trickery, motion, width and supply all obtainable to the German.

Nonetheless, there isn’t any doubt that Lukaku has supplied additional firepower, already demonstrating his worth to the facet. His second objective on Saturday in opposition to Aston Villa, scored in harm time, indicated his starvation for targets.

In two matches at Stamford Bridge this season, the Blues have loved snug 3-0 wins and scored targets in each halves of these video games. They will repeat the feat in opposition to a facet who don’t journey properly in Europe.

Tip: Chelsea to win each halves @ 7/5 with Paddy Energy

Important man to take care of momentum

Maybe fuelled by his failure to make the specified impression the primary time round, Lukaku has made an prompt and optimistic influence to his second spell at Chelsea.

The Belgium striker has scored three targets in three video games since returning to Chelsea, whereas bagging one other three targets in two matches over the current worldwide break.

Lukaku has scored the opening objective 3 times in these 5 matches and he can repeat the feat as soon as once more on Tuesday, whereas it’s additionally price contemplating him to attain twice, having bagged a brace in two of his final three video games.

Tip: Romelu Lukaku to attain first @ 15/8 with Paddy Energy

Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg odds

Chelsea are 1/6 to win on Wednesday, with Zenit 16/1 and the draw priced at 11/2.

Odds are appropriate on the time of publication and are topic to vary.

Chelsea staff information

Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante each miss out due to ankle accidents whereas Saul Niguez is anticipated to drop to the bench after coming off at half-time on his debut in opposition to Aston Villa. Jorginho will take his place with Lukaku becoming a member of Kai Havertz and Mason Mount within the entrance three.

Chelsea predicted line-up (3-4-3): Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Havertz, Lukaku, Mount.

Zenit staff information

Central midfielder Magomed Ozdoyev stays a long-term absentee with a knee ligament harm. Former Liverpool central defender Dejan Lovren shall be a well-recognized face to British followers as will Artem Dzyuba, the centre ahead who additionally leads the road for Russia.

Zenit predicted line-up (4-4-2): Kritsyuk; Sutormin, Lovren, Rakitskiy, Santos; Erokhin, Kuzyaev, Claudinho, Malcom; Dzyuba, Azmoun.

Final 5 outcomes

Chelsea 

11 September PL Chelsea 3 Aston Villa 0 W

28 August PL Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1 D

22 August PL Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 W

14 August PL Chelsea 3 Palace 0 W

11 August SC Chelsea 1 Villarreal 1 (pen: 6-5) W

Zenit

11 September RP Zenit 3 Akhmat Grozny 1 W

26 August RP Zenit 1 CSKA 0 W

21 August RP Ufa 1 Zenit 1 D

15 August RP Lokomotiv Moscow 1 Zenit 1 D

07 August RP Zenit 3 Krasnodar 2 W

PL Premier League SC Uefa Tremendous Cup RP Russian Premier League

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