Chelsea vs Valencia
Champions League Group H
8:00pm Tuesday 17th September
Team information, predictions and essential stats ahead of Chelsea vs Valencia since the Champions League group stages start.
Antonio Rudiger will not feature from action due to a groin problem with Emerson on Tuesday, despite building a return at the weekend.
Callum Hudson-Odoi,n’Golo Kante, Reece James come back in training following their respective traumas but aren’t yet match fit.
Valencia have a complete squad available for the trip to London, but are with no Cristiano Piccini and long-term injury absentees Carlos Soler.
Chelsea and Valencia have met six times previously in Western competition, together with the Spanish team not winning one or more of these matches (D3 L3).
The only club which Chelsea have faced as frequently in European competition without dropping because they have against Valencia (six games: W3 D3) is German team FC Schalke 04 (six matches: W4 D2).
Chelsea didn’t lose a match in European competition winning 12 and drawing on three of the 15 games at the UEFA Europa League.
Chelsea’s 12 wins in the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League has just been bettered after in a major UEFA European competition (excluding qualifiers) within one year: Atletico Madrid in 2011-12 (13 wins, also from the UEFA Europa League).
Valencia have attained the UEFA Champions League in successive seasons for the first time because 2012-13 (three in a row), that was also the last time that they left it into the knockout stages of the competition, before being pumped from Paris Saint-Germain at the previous 16.
Frank Lampard takes charge of a UEFA Champions League match for the first time in his managerial career. In the competition, he made 102 appearances as a Chelsea player and is one of just 22 players to have played 100+ games at the contest with the club.
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