Chelsea vs Zenit Preview, Prediction, Latest H2H results: Group H Matchday 1, UEFA Champions League 2021/22
It’ll be a homely feeling for Roman Abramovich as he will see a Russian side visit Stamford Bridge next week. And Alley Sport brings you the Chelsea vs Zenit Preview, Prediction, and H2H results from this Group H fixture of the 2021/22 season of the UEFA Champions League. Can Chelsea go back-to-back in the UCL for the first time since Real Madrid in 2018?
Chelsea vs Zenit Preview
This will be a match between two strong teams, but perhaps, Chelsea would be holding the edge of the home advantage and of having the better individual players. Nevertheless, Group H will not be an easy one for Zenit considering there is Juventus to compete with qualification as well as Swedish wildcards, Malmo FF.
Chelsea won the UCL last season after beating Manchester City in incredible fashion through a Kai Havertz goal. They would fancy their chances again, as they have retained the core of that UCL winning squad and have also signed Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez to bolster their starting XI as well as the bench.
Zenit would actually fancy their chances of a giant-killing on Wednesday. The Russians have for long been the team to make it out of group stages of European stages but falter when it mattered most. Getting points on the board early on will be a big task and if they get anything against Chelsea, they will be very happy.
Here is the Chelsea predicted lineup from this game as we bring you the Chelsea vs Zenit Preview:
Chelsea vs Zenit H2H Results
Surprisingly, this is the first time in the history of the two clubs that they will be facing each other in a competitive or a friendly game. The Blues did a bit of business with Zenit in the past with regards to plays like Yuri Zhirkov and Branislav Ivanovic, but that’s close as the two teams have come to facing each other on the opposite end of the neutral line.
Chelsea record vs Zenitr (last 10 games): N/A
Chelsea vs Zenit Match Prediction
Chelsea are just too strong for any team in their group bar Juventus, perhaps. The current UEFA Champions League holders are no pushovers and they will make that clear when they see the Russians come to Stamford Bridge this week. We go with a 2-0 win for Thomas Tuchel’s men in this opening gameweek of European football’s elite competition.
Chelsea vs Zenit kicks off at 12:30 AM IST on Wednesday, 15th September 2021 in Stamford Bridge, England.
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