Predicted Chelsea XI to play Zenit: £120,000-a-week trickster and 27-year-old start
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Predicted Chelsea XI to play Zenit: £120,000-a-week trickster and 27-year-old start

Chelsea travel to Zenit tonight knowing that a win will see them finish top of Group H in the Champions League and head into the knockout stages in style.

The Blues have already qualified for the knockout stages but they’ll want to win and guarantee they don’t face a team that finished top.

Chelsea lost to West Ham in league action on Saturday and that simply won’t do for Thomas Tuchel.

The French boss will hope to see his team bounce back tonight and a strong team looks likely.

Ahead of the trip to Russia, we looked at how the Blues might choose to line up.

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The Chelsea rearguard

There could be a change in goal, with Tuchel choosing to give Kepa Arrizabalaga a game.

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At centre-back, Tuchel will call on his big guns.

Cesar Azpilicueta will start along with Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to create a formidable three.

In the Chelsea engine room and out wide

Reece James looks set to play in the right wing-back role, with Marcos Alonso operating on the left.

Ben Chilwell’s injury has led to the Spaniard getting his chance to shine once again.

In central midfield, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will get another chance to star after surprising Tuchel this season.

Alongside him, expect the £200,000-a-week player Saul Niguez to get an opportunity.

He’s not hit full stride yet and will hope to prove his worth to Tuchel and the supporters.

Spearheading the Chelsea attack

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been utilised at various points of this season and the £120,000-a-week player could start.

Joining him behind the striker is likely to be Christian Pulisic who has looked good of late when called upon.

In attack, expect Kai Havertz to continue, with the German talent equipped to lead the line.

Here is how Chelsea’s team could look this evening:

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