Valencia vs Chelsea is going to be the match of the Wednesday night when Frank Lampard’s men travel to Mestalla Stadium to take on Albert Celades’ side for the all-important clash in the Group H of the Champions League.
The Blues suffered a surprise 0-1 defeat at the Stamford Bridge against the Spanish side on the matchday one of the competition, however, Lampard’s men made a remarkable comeback with a win against Lille and Ajax in their next two away fixtures.
The 4-4 draw against Ajax at Stamford Bridge earlier this month, that saw the Blues make a stunning comeback after they were 3 goals down, has only instilled more confidence and belief in the young and supremely energetic Chelsea side.
Meanwhile, Valencia have had an inconsistent season so far in Spain as the Los Che sit on the 10th position in the La Liga table.
However, with 3 wins in their last 4 games in all competitions, the Els Taronges have had a string of positive results and they will look to secure the all-important 3 points against Chelsea to strengthen their case for the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Valencia vs Chelsea, Recent History
Chelsea have had an impressive record against their Spanish counterpart as the Blues have managed to register 3 wins and 3 draws against Valencia.
Meanwhile, Valencia managed to secure their first win against Chelsea on the matchday one of the Champions League:
Valencia vs Chelsea, Injury News And Starting Eleven
The Blues are still without the services of the long term absentees, Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who are unavailable vs Valencia.
The duo of Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi missed the trip to the Etihad on the weekend due to an ankle and a hamstring injury respectively. Both of them are still a doubt for this game.
The good news, however, is that Andreas Christensen is back to fitness as the Dane sat on the bench in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City, while, N’Golo Kante is also finally fit and firing for Frank Lampard.
Chelsea Predicted Starting Eleven:
Valencia Predicted Starting Eleven:
Champions League Group H Scenarios
With Chelsea, Ajax, and Valencia all sitting on 7 points each, Valencia vs Chelsea, at Mestalla, on Wednesday night, automatically becomes the most important fixture of the night, as far as the Group H of the Champions League is concerned.
With Ajax set to play Lille in the other game of Group H(and predicted to secure a comfortable 3 points), a loss for Valencia would all but end their hopes for the Champions League knockout stage qualification, unless they make a miraculous comeback against Ajax next month.
A loss for Chelsea, meanwhile, would make life tough for Lampard’s men who will have to depend on the result of Ajax vs Valencia on the next matchday, even if they manage 3 points against Lille at the Stamford Bridge in December.
A draw at Mestalla could make things pretty interesting in Group H, with Ajax benefitting the most out of that scenario (given that they manage 3 points against Lille on Wednesday).
Safe to say, Lille could still play a big part in the qualification scenarios from Group H.
NOTE: If 2 teams end on the same points, their head to head record against each other in the group stage will determine who qualifies for the knockout stages of the Champions League!
Valencia vs Chelsea Prediction
Chelsea, under Frank Lampard, have had a brilliant couple of months, until they were stopped in their tracks by Manchester City on the weekend.
However, the Blues will be looking for a win, given that there’s a big chance it could all come down to the head to head record (and Chelsea lost the first game against Valencia 1-0 at the Stamford Bridge!)
Meanwhile, Valencia, at the very least, will look to avoid defeat and maintain their positive head to head record against Chelsea.
It’s no secret though, that on their day, the Los Ches have the ability to cause an upset to any team in the world.
But, with the kind of form and confidence, the Londoners have shown in the last couple of months, we predict a 2-1 win for the Blues as Lampard’s men strengthen their case for the knockout stage.
Valencia vs Chelsea – 1-2 (Maxi Gomez; Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount)
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