Zenit Saint Petersburg vs Chelsea Prediction: Champions League Match on 08.12.2021
Group H comes down to the wire, as the team that will top the group will be decided on Wednesday evening. Chelsea will be aware that they hold the advantage, which means a win for the European champions will mean that top spot is theirs in the next round.
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The European champions have already secured their passage through to the next round of the Champions League, but Thomas Tuchel will be keen for his side to make it through to the knockout round as group winners. Chelsea will need a win to ensure that finish, as dropped points will give Juventus a chance to seal top spot on matchday six.
The Blues have looked assured throughout the campaign to this point, as they have dropped to just one defeat. That loss came in Turin against Juventus, when Chelsea just didn’t turn up and fell to a 1-0 defeat. They restored their advantage in the head to head record over the Old Lady by hammering Juventus 4-0 on their visit to Stamford Bridge a couple of weeks ago. They are the highest scorers in Group H, and have allowed just one goal in the five games that they have played.
Zenit may consider their Champions League campaign as a success, as the Russian side have managed to hold off Malmo to take third spot, and will drop into the Europa League after Christmas. Despite there still being a three-point difference between the two sides, Zenit hold a clear advantage in the head-to-head record, having won once and drawn once against the Swedish side.
Zenit’s only points have come against Malmo in the Champions League this season, which highlights the issues that they have had against the top two seeds in the group. They will need to produce their best performance in the competition this season to get anything from Chelsea on Wednesday.
Zenit Saint Petersburg vs Chelsea Head to Head
Zenit and Chelsea have met on just one previous occasion in the Champions League. That meeting came earlier in the campaign, as the Blues won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge courtesy of Romelu Lukaku’s second half winner.
Zenit Saint Petersburg vs Chelsea Prediction
Travelling away to Russia is never an easy fixture for any side in Europe. However, Zenit have struggled to keep pace with the best sides in the group this season, and we will be supporting a final Chelsea win to wrap up top spot this week.
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