2019-20 UEFA Champions League – Chelsea vs Valencia Preview & Prediction
When does Chelsea vs Valencia kick off? Tuesday 17th September, 2019 – 20:00 (UK)
Where is Chelsea vs Valencia being played? Stamford Bridge
What are the expected weather conditions for Chelsea vs Valencia? Clear, 15c
What TV channel is Chelsea vs Valencia on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to UEFA Champions League matches in the UK, so it is worth checking their schedule
Where can I stream Chelsea vs Valencia in the UK? Subscribers can stream the match live on the BT Sport website & app
Where can I get tickets for Chelsea vs Valencia?
What was the score in the last meeting between Chelsea & Valencia? Chelsea 3-0 Valencia
THE TEAM NEWS
- Chelsea are coming off a stunning 5-2 win at Wolves at the weekend as they finally make their return to Champions League action here.
- Frank Lampard will likely make several rotations to keep his side fresh and give starts to experienced players such as Giroud and Pedro.
- Rudiger came off at half-time against Wolves and may be held out as a precaution while they will give Kante as long as possible to recover.
Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1): Kepa; Tomori, Christensen, Zouma; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Pedro, Willian; Giroud
Unavailable: Van Ginkel (Injured), Hudson-Odoi (Injured), Loftus-Cheek (Injured), Kante (Injured), Rudiger (Injured), James (Injured)
Doubtful: Emerson (Injured), Pedro (Injured), Abraham (Injured)
- Valencia were beaten 5-2 at Barcelona at the weekend as the shock sacking of Marcelinho last week continues to reverberate at the club.
- Albert Celades' reign got off to a losing start but the new man will be hoping for better here in what is another tough fixture for them.
- They may consider one or two changes for this game as Diakhaby and Kondogbia may come in to add greater physical presence to the side.
Predicted line-up (4-4-2): Cillessen; Wass, Garay, Diakhaby, Gaya; Ferran Torres, Kondogbia, Coquelin, Guedes; Gameiro, Rodrigo
Unavailable: Piccini (Injured), Carlos Soler (Injured), Mangala (Out of favour)
Valencia are in disarray at the moment following the unexpected sacking of Marcelinho, the manager who led them to the Champions League and Copy del Rey success. With so much unrest behind the scenes, Chelsea have to be favoured to build on their win at the weekend and get off to a winning start.