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Chelsea managed a 1-0 win against Zenit in the first matchweek of the 2021 UEFA Champions League. Since then, The Blues have won three matches and are ahead of Juventus for first place in Group H on goal differential. If they want to solidify that top spot in the standings, they need another win against Zenit when they meet again on Wednesday.  You can see what happens when you watch the match live on Paramount+.

Kickoff for Chelsea vs. Zenit is set for 12:45 p.m. ET from Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia. Chelsea is the -200 favorite (risk $200 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Chelsea vs. Zenit odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Zenit is the +575 underdog, while a draw would return +320. The over-under for total goals is 2.5. Wednesday's match will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.

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How to watch Chelsea vs. Zenit

  • Date: Wednesday, December 8
  • Time: 12:45 p.m. ET
  • Streaming: Paramount+

UEFA Champions League picks for Zenit vs. Chelsea

Before you tune in to Wednesday's match, you need to see the Chelsea vs. Zenit picks from SportsLine's soccer insider Martin Green. After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated well over $36,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.

He's also been red-hot on his Champions League picks since joining SportsLine. In fact, Green is on a blistering 86-53-5 run on his UCL best bets. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

For Chelsea vs. Zenit, Green predicts Chelsea will win to nil at +145 odds. The plus-money bet pays out only if Chelsea wins by keeping Zenit off the scoreboard altogether. Although Chelsea has conceded four goals over its last three Premier League matches, it has won its last three in the Champions League by a combined score of 9-0. The most recent result was a 4-0 clinic against Juventus.

Chelsea outshot Juve in that match, 21-8. In back-to-back matches against Malmo before that, the Blues held their Swedish opponent to just six total shots while they fired off more than 40 on offense. Chelsea finished with two-thirds of the possession against Zenit in its last match, and is likely to try and replicate that strategy as the visiting side. With several key names out, manager Thomas Tuchel may be more satisfied to control the pace of the game rather than being overly aggressive.

"Midfielders N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic are out. Left wing-back Ben Chilwell has a partial tear of his ACL, which will keep him out for several weeks, while back-up Marcos Alonso is a doubt after sustaining a back injury" Green told SportsLine. "Chelsea will not be at full strength, but it should still have enough quality to grind out a win in this game and finish top of its group."

How to watch, live stream UEFA Champions League on Paramount+

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