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Opinion: Chelsea's likely starting lineup vs Zenit Petersburg in Tonight's Premier League match

With a win over Zenit St. Petersburg on Wednesday night, Chelsea will be looking to finish first in Group H for the first time since 2011. During this time, the hosts have already qualified for the Europa League following their 1-1 tie with Malmo in their last match.

In the Premier League, Chelsea's 12-game unbeaten streak in all competitions came to an end last weekend as they were defeated 3-2 away to London rivals West Ham United after twice allowing a one-goal lead to slip.

With a Thiago Silva header and a Mason Mount volley putting the Hammers up at half-time, the visitors came away with all three points courtesy to goals from Jarrod Bowen and Arthur Masuaku, the latter of whom caught Edouard Mendy off guard with a mishit cross in the 87th minute.

Chelsea have collected 12 points from their five Group H games, winning four of them by an aggregate score of 10-0, with their lone defeat coming against Juventus in September, when they were defeated 1-0 by the Italian champions. A 4-0 victory over the Italian giants at Stamford Bridge last month ensured that the Blues would finish top of their group if they beat the Italians again on Wednesday.

Tuchel's club has won all three of its away games against Russian opponents in the Champions League this season.

The following is my expected starting lineup for this match.

TOUCHDOWN GOALKEEPER & DEFENDERS

Mendy (goalkeeper), Christensen, Thiago Silva, and Rudiger are the other players.

MIDFIELDERS:

Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, and James are the starters.

ATTACKERS:

Mount, Ziyech, and Lukaku are all names for mountains in Ethiopia.

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