Chelsea vs Valencia betting tips: Champions League match preview & predictions

Chelsea vs Valencia prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Valencia

Chelsea look to have turned a corner after a rocky start to the season. Their confident attack has been papering over large cracks in their’ defence.

The Blues will be looking to win consecutive matches for the first time this season.

Frank Lampard’s side are firm favourites following the recent managerial upheaval at Valencia.

Chelsea vs Valencia: Who will win?

Chelsea are 5/6 favourites to win on Tuesday while Valencia are priced at 10/3. The draw can be backed at 13/5.

Although they are unbeaten in their last four, Chelsea have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three matches and have failed to keep a single clean sheet this season. Both teams to score is 4/5.

Tammy Abraham will hope to take his red hot form into Europa. Abraham is 9/2 to open the scoring and 7/5 to score anytime.

Chelsea vs Valencia Champions League match preview

Europa League champions Chelsea host Valencia at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night in their Champions League Group H opener.

Despite finishing outside the Premier League’s top four last season, the Blues automatically qualified for this season’s group stage as the winners of the Europa League. Valencia qualified for the group stage after finishing 4th in La Liga.

Tuesday’s game will be Valencia’s first European encounter since the surprise sacking of former manager Marcelino, who guided Valencia to a Copa del Rey victory last season.

Valencia suffered a 5-2 defeat at Barcelona on Saturday night, but showed glimpses of their attacking promise.

After conceding two early goals, Kevin Gamerio halved the deficit but Barcelona ran riot in the second half. Los Ches have won just one of their opening four Liga matches.

After losing their opening two matches of the season – including the European Super Cup on penalties – Chelsea are now unbeaten in their last four.

The Blues moved up to sixth in the Premier League after a 5-2 victory at Wolves on Saturday. Tammy Abraham netted a hat-trick and was joined on the scoresheet by fellow academy graduates Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their six previous UEFA meetings against Valencia, winning three and drawing three. All six matches have come in the last five years, making the two sides familiar foes.

French side Lille and last season’s semi-finalists Ajax make up the rest of Group H.

Chelsea team news vs Valencia

Antonio Rudiger looks set to miss out after being forced off at half time on his return from injury. Frank Lampard is hoping the defender’s injury is “not too bad.”

The injury to Rudiger could see the Blues switch to a flat back four, although Kurt Zouma could come in and partner Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori – who looks like he’s been playing in this Chelsea side for years.

With seven goals in his last three matches, Tammy Abraham is certain to keep his starting spot up top. Former Valencia striker Michy Batshuayi is another attacking option.

Marcos Alonso could continue at left back if Emerson Palmieri fails to recover from a thigh injury, while N’Golo Kante won’t be rushed back from an ankle injury.

Christian Pulisic, Pedro Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud were all unused substitutes against Wolves and could be set for some minutes on Tuesday. Giroud was Chelsea’s leading scorer in Europe last season with 11 goals – the most in the Europa League.

Lampard is unlikely to make too many changes following Saturday’s convincing win, but the upcoming visit of league leaders Liverpool may come into the Chelsea boss’s thinking.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi remain sidelined. There has though been talk in the lead-up to this game that CHO might make an appearance from the bench, as he returns from a long-term achilles problem.

Valencia team news vs Chelsea

Albert Celades opted for a 4-4-2 against Barcelona and could stick with the same formation on Tuesday.

Denis Cheryshev and Maxi Gomez will be pushing for starts – the latter grabbed a late consolation goal at the Camp Nou.

Central midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia was an unused substitute against Barca and appears to be below former Arsenal man Francis Coquelin in the pecking order.

Right back Cristiano Piccini is sidelined with a knee injury, while Carlos Soler misses out with an ankle injury.

Chelsea predicted line-up vs Valencia

Predicted Chelsea XI vs Valencia

Predicted Chelsea XI vs Valencia

Valencia predicted line-up vs Chelsea

Predicted Valencia XI vs Chelsea

Predicted Valencia XI vs Chelsea

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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