Football tips: Phil Thompson’s tasty plays for FC Zenit v Chelsea on Wednesday

Thommo fancies The Blues to end the group stages on a high.

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There is not much on the line in Russia on Wednesday evening as Chelsea make the long trip to Saint Petersburg for the final game in Group H of the Champions League. The Blues have already qualified and will top the group if they match the result of Juventus, while FC Zenit are already assured of the third place Europa League slot as they hold a three point advantage and a better head-to-head record over Malmo.

There might be changes aplenty as Thomas Tuchel’s men look to recover from their shock, late defeat to West Ham last weekend. So, to figure it all out, we’ve turned to former European Cup winner and Paddy Power ambassador Phil Thompson for his picks and Thommo reckons Big Romelu Lukaku is primed to do damage.


Wednesday 5.45pm – FC Zenit v Chelsea

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I’m already feeling the cold, just thinking about this game in Saint Petersburg. It’s difficult for teams when they go to this part of the world for games. However, when you have 12 points after five games in a Champions League group, normally you would be happy with that return. But, Juventus also have 12 points, so Chelsea still have to win this final group game.

It is a massive boost for teams to finish top of their Champions League groups. When you go into the knockout stage, you want to be playing a team that has only managed to finish second in their group. Chelsea will have that on their mind on Wednesday. Thomas Tuchel has made more changes than any other manager in the Premier League and he’s got injuries galore heading into this match.


However, Chelsea are going to have to go all out to win this. I reckon Romelu Lukaku to start, he may still have a bit of niggle, but he needs to start getting back to full fitness now. Zenit sit top of the table in the Russian Premier Liga and they drew 2-2 last weekend against FC Rostov, however they should still be pushovers for The Blues.

I’m backing Chelsea to win this game to nil, with Romelu Lukaku scoring at anytime in the match. But, I will just advise readers to check the teamsheets before you make your bet.

FC Zenit v Chelsea tips summary:

Chelsea To Win To Nil
Romelu Lukaku To Score Anytime

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