Kick-off: 2000, 17/09/2019
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: BT Sport
Valencia have secured a draw on two of their past three trips to Chelsea in the Champions League and are fancied to achieve that feat again.
With Ajax and Lille also featuring in Group H, both teams will feel there is everything to play for and each side may settle for starting out with a steady stalemate here.
We’re snapping up 5/2 for the spoils to be shared at Stamford Bridge as our initial Chelsea vs Valencia prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea earned a place in Europe’s elite club competition thanks to their Europa League triumph over Arsenal in Azerbaijan.
However, that proved to be a parting gift from star player Eden Hazard and manager Maurizio Sarri and they are now in a transitional period.
Rookie boss Frank Lampard is keen to give youth a chance and that has led to some positive development by Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.
Hazard’s replacement Christian Pulisic has also shown some encouraging signs, but a transfer ban has hampered the rebuilding process.
Even erratic defender David Luiz has been missed at the back since switching to Arsenal and it would be hard to back the Blues with confidence at this stage.
Looking at the Chelsea vs Valencia odds, we prefer 4/1 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
A Look At Valencia’s Betting Odds
Valencia finished third behind Juventus and Manchester United at this stage last season but were very resilient on the road.
Los Che picked up a point at Old Trafford and drew away to Young Boys in Switzerland, before only going down 1-0 at Juventus.
They also won at Celtic and Villarreal in the Europa League, prior to ultimately coming unstuck against Arsenal.
Finishing fourth in La Liga was a fine effort and Valencia capped off a promising campaign by beating Barcelona in the Copa del Rey decider.
Not much has changed in terms of the quality of their side, with Maxi Gomez arriving from Celta Vigo and Santi Mina going the other way.
Marcelino has a solid, rather than spectacular squad, but they are well drilled and work hard.
Let’s finish off our Chelsea vs Valencia betting tips by taking 33/20 for a goalless first half.
Wolves 2-5 CHELSEA – Tomori, Abraham (3), Mount
Barcelona 5-2 VALENCIA – Gameiro, Gomez
Head-to-head: Chelsea 3-0 Valencia, Valencia 1-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-0 Valencia, Valencia 1-2 Chelsea, Valencia 1-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-1 Valencia
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