Sam WattChelsea vs Valencia, Tuesday September 17th, 20:00, Stamford Bridge. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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