Chelsea vs Valencia Champions League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Chelsea vs Valencia Champions league
Chelsea vs Valencia Champions League

The match is over.
Score: 0-1.

The Champions League returns this week and Chelsea are back in the competition after a year absence when they won the Europa League, and face a testing opening game against Spanish side Valencia.

Predictions

Frank Lampard has had a tough start to life as Chelsea boss – winning just one of his opening five games at the helm.

The Blues have collected just five points from their opening four league games but following a heavy 4-0 opening day defeat at Manchester United, are unbeaten.

Valencia are once again in chaos after recording successive back-to-back top four finishes in Spain and winning last season’s Copa del Rey.

They also reached the Europa League semi-finals last time out but have sacked experienced boss Marcelino and replaced him with former Spain Under-21 coach Albert Celades on the eve of this tie.

The hosts will be favourites to make a winning start to the group stage to possessing home advantage, alongside the off-field chaos Valencia are in.

The home side are favourites to win this game although in reality a draw is the most likely outcome – a 2-2 stalemate is a strong potential scenario.

Betting Tips

A whopping 19 goals have flown in across Chelsea’s opening five games of the campaign and it is likely that a minimum of four will go in during this game too. Valencia will look to exploit the home side’s defensive vulnerability, making goals among the best online betting odds for this round of action. 888Sport price over 3.5 goals at 11/4.

Linked into the previous bet, this is a game likely to involve goals and despite Chelsea holding home advantage, the visitors are a tough nut to crack and lost just seven times in La Liga last season – five fewer than Real Madrid.
10Bet have attractively priced a scoring draw at 38/11.

Statistics

Head to Head

Didier Drogba netted twice for Chelsea in a 3-0 Champions League win in 2011 the last time the sides met, with the two playing a total of six times with three wins for the Blues along with three draws.

Stats

  • Chelsea are back into the Champions League following a year out of the competition – they won the Europa League last season – defeating Arsenal 4-1 in the final.
  • Valencia went out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage to the Gunners, having previously been eliminated from a Champions League group including Manchester United and Juventus.
  • The last time these two sides met in the Mestalla in Spain, current Blues boss Frank Lampard was on the scoresheet in a 1-1 draw.
  • Only Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have lost fewer La Liga matches since the start of the 2017/18 league campaign than Valencia.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

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