The Champions League clash will come to an end on Wednesday with the last group stage fixtures. Zenit also bid farewell to the tournament as they take on Chelsea in St Petersburg. Will they manage to slam the door? The editors of the website share their forecast for the most anticipated match on December 8, 2021. Odds for all sporting events can be found at 1xbet v.83.
Zenit have yet to learn how to play at international level
The Blue-White-Blue-Blues are increasingly pulling away from everyone else in the domestic arena. By and large, they now have no competition at all, not to mention any serious pursuer. And there is little doubt that the situation will remain unchanged in the spring, with the title once again going to North Palmyra. But at the same time, there is not much progress for Russia’s best club in the European competitions. Sergei Semak’s charges fought well against Chelsea and Juventus, losing to the giants 0-1, and a rout in Malmo. But in Sweden, they escaped defeat with formidable problems, thanks to a late and not-so-obvious penalty kick that was converted by Rakitskiy. It showed once again that Zenit’s progress should not be overestimated.
Chelsea look like real trophy contenders
The Aristocrats manage to go among the leaders in such a difficult tournament as the APL. Against this backdrop, the Champions League has been a frankly easier arena for them now. There, though, initially the English, along with Juventus, looked like the favourites in the quartet. They had no problem proving it, winning all their fixtures against a couple of underdogs, among whom were the Russians and Malmo. The main intrigue was the battle for 1st place. At first, the Italians were better able to beat Thomas Tuchel’s side on home soil. But on 23 November, in the last round, the Blues were able to take a convincing revenge. Chalobah managed to open the scoring midway through the 1st half before cutting the lead to 4-0 after the break. Now, they just need to play as well as Juventus did in the parallel fixture.
Although Chelsea are owned by Abramovich, and Roman Arkadyevich is no stranger to Russian football, to put it mildly, the 1st leg clash was the first ever between these clubs.
Zenit will certainly not want to lose their last meeting in the tournament in this draw. But the problem is that Chelsea do not want to lose points either. The English side shouldn’t want to lose any points either. We’ll put our money on Under 3.0 (odds 1.66).