Chelsea and Manchester United who aim to top their respective Champions League groups will be in action on Wednesday.
Consequently, all the information you need to know including a preview of both matches, key players for the clubs, team news, and Michael Owen’s verdict on the outcome of both matches are all covered here.
Zenit St. Petersburg vs Chelsea
This match is more meaningful to Chelsea than Zenit as the Blues need a win to ensure they finish top of the group while Zenit is certain to finish third due to their superior goal difference over Malmo.
Having said that, I don’t think it will be an easy game for Chelsea whose form has dipped since after beating Juventus two weeks ago. In addition to that, the Blues have not been very convincing in their away games in the Champions League this season given they lost to the Old Lady and they only managed to beat Malmo 1-0.
It doesn’t also help that Zenit’s form has improved since they lost 4-2 to Juventus over a month ago. Since then they have not lost in all competitions, all together they have 2 wins and 3 draws.
Key players for both clubs
For Zenith, the player they will be hoping will score the goals that will help them beat Chelsea is 24-year-old Brazilian winger Claudinho who is one of their most in-form players at the moment. He has scored 3 goals in their last two matches, the Chelsea defenders must stop him if they are to win.
For Chelsea, at the moment Mason Mount is their in-form attacker as he scored and assisted a goal in each of the last two matches he started. They will be hoping he repeats that against Zenit.
Michael Owen’s predict
The former Manchester United player, Michael Owen, thinks Chelsea will have no problem in securing the top spot in Group H. He predicted the Blues to win 1-0 despite them missing some first-team players due to injury.
Team news for both clubs
Speaking of injuries, Thomas Tuchel confirmed that his team will be without 5 first-team players which include N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic Trevoh Chalobah and Ben Chilwell.
From a positive perspective, that means Timo Werner is back after missing Chelsea’s last match against West Ham and so is Kai Havertz who was substituted in that game immediately after half-time.
Zenit, on the contrary, does not have a lot of players injured. Their only player that will miss the match as a result of injury is goalkeeper Stanislav Kritsyuk who has a foot injury. Dimitri Chistyakov will also miss the match as a result of suspension due to accumulated yellow cards.
Manchester United vs Young Boys
Like Chelsea, Manchester United has already qualified but they need the win to ensure they finish top of their group. Young Boys, on the other hand, due to poor goal difference can no longer make it to the next round. However, finishing third which will allow them to join the Europa League is possible only if the result elsewhere goes their way and they beat the Red Devils.
Speaking of United, they will head into this match looking to avenge the first-leg defeat. In addition, they are in good form since they changed their manager and that makes the task harder for Young Boys.
Key player for Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored in every Champions League match he has played this season is the player United will be hoping will score the goals that could win them the match. Young Boys must stop that from happening if they are to get anything out of the game.
Michael Owen’s predict
Owen predicted the Red Devils to win 2-1 after saying they will take the game seriously given they lost when both sides met in the first leg. United will top the group if that happens.