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

Valencia vs Chelsea prediction: Valencia 1-2 Chelsea

Things are hotting up in Group H and there is all to play for on Wednesday night.

Valencia’s squad has been heavily hit by injuries, so Frank Lampard will be aiming for all three points. That said, Los Che have only lost one of their last nine home matches in all competitions.

Their current head-to-head record means that Valencia will qualify for the last 16 with a win.

Valencia vs Chelsea: Who will win?

Chelsea are 1/1 favourites to win on Wednesday while a Valencia victory is priced at 5/2. The draw can be backed at 27/10.

Valencia have scored at least one goal in each of their last nine matches while Chelsea have scored at least once in each of their last 13. Bet on both teams to score at 4/7.

Tammy Abraham will be hoping to add to his tally of 11 goals this season. Abraham is 4/1 to open the scoring and 11/10 to score anytime.

Valencia vs Chelsea Champions League match preview

Chelsea travels to Spain on Wednesday for their Group H crunch match against Valencia.

After four matches played, Ajax, Chelsea and Valencia are all tied on 7 points. Bottom side Lille, who can still mathematically qualify for the Europa League round of 32, have just one point to their name. Lille host Ajax in the other Group H match on Wednesday night.

Chelsea were beaten 2-1 at Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday. N’Golo Kante gave the Blues the lead but goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez secured the three points for City.

The result, which ended a run of seven consecutive away wins, leaves Chelsea in 4th place, although they still have a commanding seven-point lead over Wolves in 5th.

In their last Champions League outing, Chelsea took part in one of the craziest matches of the season. Frank Lampard’s side fought back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with Ajax at Stamford Bridge. The match featured two own goals, two penalties, two red cards and lots of VAR drama, including a disallowed winner.

Valencia came from behind to beat Lille 4-1 in their last European match. Dani Parejo, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Feran Torres were on the scoresheet.

Valencia’s three-match winning streak came to an end on Saturday as they were beaten 2-1 at Real Betis, despite Maxi Gomez giving Valencia the lead. Los Che are 10th in La Liga after 14 matches.

Wednesday’s clash will be the seventh Champions League meeting between these two sides.

Valencia were 1-0 winners at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture in October – their first-ever win over the Blues. Rodrigo Moreno scored the only goal of the game.

Chelsea have won two and drawn one of their three visits to the Mestalla.

Valencia team news vs Chelsea

Albert Celades has a number of injury concerns heading into Wednesday’s match, with at least five first-team players set to miss out at the Mestalla.

Mouctar Diakhaby is ruled out with a calf injury while Ezequiel Garay is a major doubt, meaning former Premier League defenders Gabriel Paulista and Eliaquim Mangala could start at centre-back.

Daniel Wass may have to slot into central midfield for the second match in a row as Francis Coquelin continues his recovery from a groin strain.

Denis Cheryshev remains sidelined with a muscle injury. Goncalo Guedes (ankle) and Ruben Sobrino (leg) have also been ruled out.

Geoffrey Kondogbia was not in Valencia’s 18-man squad on Sunday and is likely to miss out again. Carlos Soler made a cameo off the bench on Saturday and should return to the starting eleven.

Kevin Gameiro is another attacking option although he appears to be behind Rodrigo Moreno and Maxi Gomez in the pecking order.

Cristiano Piccini is a long-term injury absentee.

Chelsea team news vs Valencia

Ross Barkley is a major doubt after missing Saturday’s match with an ongoing ankle injury.

Mason Mount – who was scythed down by Coquelin in the reverse fixture – will be pushing for a recall after starting from the bench on Saturday.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has a hamstring problem and faces a late fitness test. Willian and Christian Pulisic appear to be Lampard’s first-choice wide men at the moment.

Reece James and Marcos Alonso will be looking to benefit from any rotation in the full-back positions. Alonso did not even make the matchday squad on Saturday. Michy Batshuayi will also be keen for a run out against his former club.

There could be minutes handed to Pedro Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud, both of whom have played very minor roles for the Blues this season.

It is “going to be a while” before Ruben Loftus-Cheek returns from injury, according to Frank Lampard. The midfielder will be hoping to play again in 2019. Antonio Rudiger is another long-term absentee.

Valencia predicted line-up vs Chelsea

Predicted Chelsea XI vs Valencia

Predicted Chelsea XI vs Valencia

Chelsea predicted line-up vs Valencia

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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