Chelsea will play Zenit St Petersburg, a powerful Russian club, in their first encounter in Europe since winning the UCL last season. And, for this encounter in Group H of the 2021/22 Champions League season, Alley Sport gives you the Chelsea predicted lineup against Zenit.Match Preview and Live Stream: Chelsea vs. Zenit
Chelsea won the UCL last season after a thrilling 1-0 victory over Manchester City thanks to a Kai Havertz goal. They would fancy their chances again, given they have kept the nucleus of their UCL-winning side and added Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez to their starting XI and bench, respectively.Zenit is a team that Chelsea’s Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, is familiar with, as he is a native of Russia. On Wednesday, Zenit would like their chances at a giant-killing. For years, the Russian team has failed to create a mark in the competition, and they will be hoping to change that in a group that also includes Juventus and Malmo.
Chelsea against Zenit Predicted Lineup and Team News
Chelsea is a highly powerful team, and even if they had injury problems, their squad depth would be enough to get them through. Regardless, they just have Reece James out with an injury. Despite being theoretically fit, Romelu Lukaku and N’Golo Kante were doubts for the encounter, and the duo should be rested given the Blues’ softer opponent.Chelsea’s anticipated lineup against Zenit is 3-4-2-1.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, goalkeeper
Cesar Azpilicueta, RWB
Antonio Rudiger, CB
Trevoh Chalobah, Trevoh Chalobah, Trevoh Chalobah, Trevoh Chal
Thiago Silva (CB)
Ben Chilwell (LWB)
Mateo Kovacic, CM
Ross Barkley, CM
Hakim Ziyech, RF
Timo Werner (ST)
Mason Mount (LF)
Match Prediction: Chelsea vs. Zenit
Chelsea is the current champions of this league, and they will be looking to repeat their success this season.
Zenit at home would be a must-win game for them, and we expect a cakewalk. Chelsea’s second-string lineup is capable of winning, but Thomas Tuchel is likely to bring in some big guns. In our judgment, the Blues should win 2-0.