Zenit ZEN Claudinho (38'), Azmoun (41'), Ozdoev (90+4)
3-3 FT
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Chelsea CHE Werner (2', 85'), Lukaku (62')
UEFA Champions League Gameweek 6
Dec 8, 2021 KO: 17:45

Zenit - Chelsea

Gazprom Arena Sankt-Petersburg
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük
  2' Werner
Claudinho 38'  
Azmoun 41'  
  62' Lukaku
  85' Werner
Ozdoev 90+4  

Match preview

Lukaku to start? How Chelsea could line up against Zenit St Petersburg

Thomas Tuchel will be expecting his Chelsea side to bounce back from defeat with a confident performance in the Champions League

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will undoubtedly be looking for a strong performance in this week’s Champions League clash with Zenit St Petersburg.

Not only will the Stamford Bridge side be looking to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat to West Ham at the weekend, but they’ll also need to match Juventus’ result in the group’s other game to ensure top spot.

As such, Tuchel is unlikely to deviate too much from his strongest starting XI if at all possible.

In defence, Tuchel is likely to turn to goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, following Edouard Mendy’s clanger against West Ham. In front of the Spaniard will be a back three of Cesar Azplilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

In midfield, we’re likely to see Callum Hudson-Odoi take up his role as left wing-back, with Reece James in his typical position on the right. Injuries to Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic may mean a rare start for Saul Niguez alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Up front, it seems more than likely that Tuchel will stick with Romelu Lukaku as his lone striker, with Hakim Ziyech and Mason Mount playing off him in No.10 roles for the team.

How Chelsea could line up against Zenit

Match statistics

Zenit
Statistics
Chelsea
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
10
14
Draws
5
3
Losses
5
3
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
43
42
Goals Per Game
2.15
2.10
More > 2.5 Goals
12
10
More > 3 Goals
9
5
Scored First in a Match
12
17
Scored Both Halves
9
7
Won More > 1 Goal
7
8
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
23
12
Did Not Score
3
2
Both Teams Scored
14
8
Kept Clean Sheet
4
10
Won Without Conceding
3
10
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
15
17
Shots on Target
5.85
6.53
Goals out of Shots
0.14
0.13
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.19
2.18
Penalties
0.25
0.25
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.20
0.50
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
12
9.15
Shots on Target Conceded
3.80
3.78
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.07
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
8.75
11
Yellow Cards
1.55
1.45
Red Cards
0.10
0.05

Injuries

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  3. Back Injury image description
  4. Knee Injury image description
  5. ACL Knee Ligament Injury image description
  6. Hamstring image description

Suspended

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