The group stage of the Champions League 2021/2022 starts this week. Reigning champions Chelsea will host Zenit of Russia in Group H.
As usual, in mid-September, the eagerly awaited group stage of the UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 begins, in which as always there will be matches of great calibers, like the one that will dispute the current champion, Chelsea, against Zenit St. Petersburg. The match will take place at Stamford Bridge Stadium and will be played in Group H of the tournament, where they also share with Juventus of Italy and Malmö FF of Sweden.
Check out all about the UEFA Champions League group stage, plus an analysis of each of the teams and the betting odds for Europe’s premier continental tournament.
Betting line and relevant information of the group stage match:
Where: Stamford Bridge: London
Time: 15:00 E.T
Moneyline Odds: Chelsea -526 | Zenit +1300
Draw Odds: +520
Where to watch: ESPN Play, Star + and Fox Sports 1
How Chelsea are coming into the Champions League group stage opener:
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea is one of the great favorites of the competition and they want to confirm that with an unprecedented two-time championship for the London team, who for this season were reinforced with players like Romelu Lukaku or Saúl, former Atlético de Madrid. In addition, the blue team has had a great start in the Premier League, as it is located in the first place. Last weekend they beat Aston Villa 3-0 with a double from Lukaku.
How Zenit arrives at the Champions League group stage debut:
On the other hand, Zenit is the current Russian league champion and will have to play a very smart game to avoid conceding goals to Chelsea. To do so, they will rely on quick counterattacks with the Brazilian Malcolm or the Colombian Wilmar Barrios, who was a starter in Colombia’s win over Chile in the qualifiers for Qatar 2022. Zenit St. Petersburg enters this match on the back of a 3-1 Premier League win over Terek Grozny in their previous game.
Prediction for the first day in the group stage between Chelsea and Zenit:
We have a feeling that Chelsea will have the chance to score two clean sheets when they host Zenit St. Petersburg, who could find it difficult to beat the opposition defense. We expect a relaxed 2-0 win for Chelsea after 90 minutes.