Zenit vs Chelsea confirmed line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League fixture tonight

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Chelsea defender James produced an immaculate display in their win over Juventus (Getty)
Chelsea defender James produced an immaculate display in their win over Juventus (Getty)

The European champions travel to Russia as Chelsea FC aim to return to winning ways after a shock loss at West Ham last weekend.

Zenit Saint Petersburg stand in the Blues’ way from topping Group H.

FOLLOW LIVE: Team news and all the action as Chelsea face Zenit in the Champions League

The hard work has been done by Thomas Tuchel’s side, who dominated Juventus last time out to claim a superior head-to-head advantage.

But both sides are tied up on 12 points, meaning Chelsea must match the Old Lady’s result at home to Malmo to lock up top spot and a second leg at home in the Round of 16 stage.

Here’s everything you need to know about the fixture at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg:

When is it?

The game will kick-off at 5:45pm on Wednesday, 8 December at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

How can I watch?

The match will be available to watch on BT Sport 3, coverage starts at 5:15pm. Subscribers can stream the match via the BT Sport app.

Confirmed line-ups

Zenit: M. Kerzhakov, Douglas Santos, Barrios, Lovren, Azmoun, Wendel, Malcom, Claudinho, Kuzyaev, Karavaev, Rakitskyy

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Sarr, James, Saul Niguez, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Lukaku, Werner

Odds

Zenit Saint Petersburg: 21/4

Draw: 16/5

Chelsea: 1/2

Prediction

Zenit have already wrapped up third and a route into the Europa League, so Chelsea have the more motivation here and a team looking to prove their worth after their recent setback, which, alongside several players eager to work their way back into form or nail down a role moving forward, should translate to an away win. 0-2.

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