Chelsea vs Valencia
Champions League Group H
8:00pm Tuesday 17th September
Team information, predictions and key stats before Chelsea vs Valencia as the Champions League group stages start.
Antonio Rudiger will not feature from action because of a problem with Emerson too on Tuesday despite building a return at the weekend.
N’Golo Kante, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James are back in training after their injuries but aren’t yet match fit.
Valencia almost have a full squad available for the trip but are all without injury absentees Carlos Soler and Cristiano Piccini.
Chelsea and Valencia have met six times before in Western competition, with the Spanish club not winning any of these matches (D3 L3).
The only club that Chelsea have confronted as frequently in European contest without dropping as they have against Valencia (six matches: W3 D3) is German team FC Schalke 04 (six games: W4 D2).
Chelsea didn’t lose a single match in European competition winning 12 and drawing three of the 15 games in the UEFA Europa League.
Chelsea’s 12 wins in the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League has just been bettered after in a leading UEFA European contest (excluding qualifiers) within one year: Atletico Madrid at 2011-12 (13 wins, also from the UEFA Europa League).
Valencia have reached the UEFA Champions League in successive seasons for the first time since 2012-13 (three in a row), that was the last time they made it to the knockout stages of the contest, before being pumped from Paris Saint-Germain at the previous 16.
Frank Lampard takes control of a UEFA Champions League game for the very first time in his career. In the contest, he made 102 appearances as a Chelsea player and is among only 22 players to have played 100+ games at the competition with exactly the club.
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