amasan1 at 7-12-2021 10:53 PM (32 mins ago)
Date: Wednesday 8th December, 2021
Time: 6:45 pm
Stadium Gazprom Arena
Referee Serdar Gozubuyuk (Netherlands)
Zenit St. Petersburg
Zenit centre-back Dmitri Chistyakov is suspended after receiving a red card in the draw at Malmo last month, so midfielder Wilmar Barrios could move into the back three alongside Dejan Lovren and Yaroslav Rakitskiy.
After undergoing knee surgery at the end of last month, goalkeeper Stanislav Kritsyuk is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with Mikhail Kerzhakov to start between the sticks once again.
Iranian star Sardar Azmoun will be hoping he can force his way into the first XI; however, attacking trio Malcom, Claudinho and Artem Dzyuba are expected to keep their places in the starting lineup.
Zenit St Petersburg possible starting lineup:
Kerzhakov; Barrios, Lovren, Rakitskyi; Karavaev, Kuzyaev, Wendel, Santos; Malcom, Dzyuba, Claudinho
(knee) due to injury, while Mateo Kovacic has tested positive for coronavirus.
Kai Havertz and Marcos Alonso are also unlikely to feature after being forced off in the defeat at West Ham with respective ankle and back problems.
The absence of both Chilwell and Alonso could see either Saul Niguez or Reece James handed a start at left wing-back; the latter's potential inclusion would likely see Cesar Azpilicueta brought into the first XI at right wing-back.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be handed his fourth consecutive start in centre-midfield alongside Jorginho, while either Lukaku or Timo Werner are expected to lead the line in attack.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, James; Mount, Ziyech; Lukaku
Prediction: Zenit St Petersburg 0-2 Chelsea
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|Posted: at 7-12-2021 10:53 PM (32 mins ago) | Hero|