Chelsea will host Zenit Saint Petersburg in their first UEFA Champions League game of the season.
The match will start at 7 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. The match venue is Stamford Bridge, London. Below you will find betting tips and match prediction for Chelsea vs Zenit (September 14) in the Round 1 of the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea vs Zenit (September 14) latest odds on betting sites
Chelsea are the favourites in this tie and have their winning odds placed at 1.18 (-550 American; 2/11 Fractional). Zenit, on the other hand, have their winning odds placed at 17.00 (+1600; 16/1). The betting odds for a draw are placed at 7.00 (+600; 6/1).
The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Chelsea — 82%, draw — 13%, Zenit— 5%.
Latest betting odds on Chelsea vs Zenit (14 September 2021):
- Over 2.5 goals — 1.67 (-150; 2/3)
- Under 2.5 goals — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
- Asian handicap (-1.75) on Chelsea — 1.89 (-112; 89/100)
- Asian handicap (+1.75) on Zenit — 2.06 (+106; 53/50)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.50 (+150; 3/2)
- Both teams to score (No) — 1.50 (-200; 1/2)
Chelsea vs Zenit (September 14) match preview and stats
The Blues will play their first Champions League game since winning the title in May. Chelsea won their second Champions League title as they defeated Manchester City in the final.
Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the game in the 42nd minute, as he rounded the keeper before tucking the ball into the net. Chelsea went on to win the UEFA Super Cup, as they defeated Villarreal on penalties after playing 1-1 in normal time.
The Blues are currently second in the Premier League table after an emphatic 3-0 victory over Aston Villa. Romelu Lukaku got the first goal of the game with a nice finish after he took out the defender. Mateo Kovacic capitalized on the opponent's mistake as he put the two nil up. Lukaku got a last minute goal as the blues continued their unbeaten run.
Chelsea will be looking to start their defence with a win when they play Zenit on Tuesday night.
Chelsea team news: N'golo Kante is out of contention after picking up an injury in thier 1-1 draw against Liverpool. Christian Pulisic is injured and out of contention.
Last season, Zenit won the Russian Premier League for the third time in a row after finishing with 65 points. Zenit have started this season with a bang, as they remain unbeaten in the league.
Zenit got a 3-1 victory over Akhmat in their last game as they remain at the top of the table. Wendel got the first goal in the 9th minute before Alksandr Yerokhin doubled their lead in the 33rd minute. Malcolm scored the third goal as they won 3-1 in their seventh league game.They have won five games and have 17 points. The Russian side will be looking to start their Champions League Campaign with a win when they face Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge.
Zenit team news: Magomed Ozdoyev is injured and unavailable. Dmitri Chistyakov is a doubt for the game.
Chelsea vs Zenit H2H
This is the first competitive meeting between both sides.
Chelsea vs Zenit (September 14) key players and lineups
Chelsea projected starting lineup:
- Edouard Mendy
- Antonio Rudiger
- Andreas Christensen
- Trevoh Chalobah
- Ben Chilwell
- Cesar Azpilicueta
- Mateo Kovacic
- Mason Mount
- Timo Werner
- Romelu Lukaku
Notable subs: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Thiago Silva Hakim Ziyech, Saul Niguez.
Romelu Lukaku is the man on form as he scored twice in their 3-0 victory over Aston Villa. The Belgian international has scored three goals in three games in the Premier Lukaku. Lukaku joined Chelsea from Inter Millan during the summer transfer window for a club record fee. He has shown his worth since then scoring three goals from 2.35 xG. Lukaku scored exceptional goals last weekend as he scored a late screamer to put them three nil up.
Jorginho’s introduction during the weekend was key as they were struggling in the middle of the park. New signing,Saul Niguez, started the game against Aston Villa but struggled a lot and gave away the ball a couple of times. Jorginho was introduced in the second half as he helped in retaining possession and controlling the game. The Italian midfielder won the UEFA Men's player of the year after his incredible performance in last season's Champions League triumph and at the European Championship.
Zenit projected starting lineup:
- Stanislav Kritsyuk
- Aleksei Sutormin
- Dmitri Chistyakov
- Yaroslav Rakitskiy
- Douglas Santos
- Aleksandr Yerokhin
- Daler Kuzyaev
- Andrey Mostovoy
- Sardar Azmoun
- Artem Dzyuba
Notable subs: Malcom and Claudinho.
Artem Dzyuba was the highest goalscorer in the league last season with 20 goals. The Russian striker also provided six assists as he created 65 chances during last season's campaign. Dzyuba is a very physical and clinical striker who can both score and provide assists. He is a very important player for Zenit.
Chelsea vs Zenit (September 14) betting tips and predictions
Chelsea will be looking to start their Champions League defence with a win against Zenit. The Blues are on an incredible form as they sit at second place in the Premier League with three wins in four games. Romelu Lukaku has been exceptional since he joined Chelseas this summer. He has brought his strength and pace to the team as he looked unstoppable in their win against Aston Villa. N'golo Kante will be a huge miss for Chelsea, as he's out due to an ankle injury.
Zenit have started this season so well with five wins and two draws in seven games. Zenitchiki are currently first in their league with 17 points, as they have scored 16 goals while conceding eight.
Chelsea are the stronger side and will come out on top in the match.
Odds of the Blues winning are kind of low, so I will go with Asian Handicap (-1.75).
Betting prediction: Asian handicap (-1.75) on Chelsea
Odds: 1.89 (-112 American; 89/100 Fractional)