Chelsea vs Valencia: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Sunday, September 15, 2019 8:59 AM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 15, 2019 8:59 AM UTC

Tammy Abraham is on fire right now...
<div><h2>Chelsea vs Valencia</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Tuesday, September 17, at Stamford Bridge</strong></a></p><p>Chelsea thumped Wolves 5-2 at Molineux on Saturday and that should fill them with confidence ahead of this intriguing Champions League clash. The Blues lost 4-0 to Man Utd on the opening weekend of the new season, and that result piled pressure on new manager Frank Lampard. However, they are unbeaten since then. They drew 1-1 at home against Leicester, and then battled back to beat Norwich 3-2 on the road. A 2-2 home draw with newly promoted Sheff Utd did not exactly set the pulses racing, but that 5-2 win against Wolves was superb.</p><p>Valencia stunned Spanish football by sacking coach Marcelino last week. He had guided the club to two consecutive fourth placed finishes in La Liga, and beaten Barcelona in last year’s Copa del Rey final, but he was brutally axed. Former Real Madrid assistant manager Albert Celades was brought in to replace him, but his first game in charge was a disaster as Valencia were beaten 5-2 by Barcelona.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Chelsea were issued with a two-window transfer ban in the summer due to regulation breaches when signing under-18s, so they were unable to bring in any new faces. Lampard was forced to turn to youth to plug the gaps in his team, but that could prove to be a blessing in disguise. Tammy Abraham has banged in seven goals in his last three games and now sits top of the Premier League goalscorer charts. Playmaker Mason Mount also has three goals in five games, and that duo could lead Chelsea to a strong season. N’Golo Kante missed the Wolves win with an ankle injury, but Lampard has no other injury concerns.</p><p>Valencia were beaten home and away by Arsenal in this competition last season, and they have not really improved a great deal since then. Jasper Cilessen has taken over as the new goalkeeper, but the other 10 players that started against Barcelona on Saturday were all at the club last season. Former Arsenal defender Gabriel looks like a real weak link, and Abraham could have plenty of joy against him. Carlos Soler is injured, but youngster Feran Torres looks good on the right.</p><p><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>The odds on a straight Chelsea win look attractive in this game. They are in fine form and playing at home, while Valencia are in disarray right now. Another interesting option would be backing both teams to score. It has paid off in each of Chelsea’s last five games. They have conceded in every game so far this season, and they have scored in every match since that 4-0 defeat to Man Utd. You could put them together for more value and back Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 10/3 (4.33) with Bet365.</p><p><strong>Tips: <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Chelsea to win at 10/11 (1.91) with Ladbrokes</a>; <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">both teams to score at 10/11 (1.91) with Unibet</a></strong></p></div>
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