Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had a rare shocker in Saturday’s 3-2 Premier League defeat at West Ham but his defensive colleagues should be trusted to bounce back on their Champions League trip to Zenit St Petersburg.
The Blues have won three of the last five matches and registered the victory in four of the five UCL meetings. On the other hand, Zenit also hold the streak of five unbeaten games. They have been going through the turns of draws and wins, winning two of them in the last five games. But the Blues look more confident for the win. The last meeting between the teams also witnessed Chelsea on the winning side.
Although today’s game doesn’t have any impact of the next stages as both squads European futures have already been decided, having drawn two of its last three games, Zenit would probably like to find a positive result as it nears a significant break in matches for the club.
Chelsea, however, could do a confidence boost as their recent draw against Manchester United, which was followed up with a loss against West Ham, has cost them the top spot and their now third in the Premier League.
It’ll be interesting to see how Thomas Tuchel approach this as he could either opt to try to correct the dip in form with a strong lineup that has a chance to find its cohesion ahead of the bust upcoming playing schedule or he could opt to rest a number of key players in an attempt to freshen up legs.
Odds via BestofBets.com
Zenit Saint Petersburg: 21/4