Chelsea vs Valencia
Champions League Group H
8:00pm Tuesday 17th September
Team news, predictions and key stats ahead of Chelsea vs Valencia as the Champions League group stages begin.
Antonio Rudiger will not feature from action due to a groin problem with Emerson too on Tuesday, Regardless of building a return at the weekend.
N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi are back in training following their respective injuries but aren’t yet fit fit.
Valencia almost have a full squad available for your visit however are all without Cristiano Piccini and permanent harm absentees Carlos Soler.
Chelsea and Valencia have met six times before in European competition, together with the Spanish club not winning at least one of these matches (D3 L3).
The only club that Chelsea have faced as frequently in European competition without dropping as they have against Valencia (six matches: W3 D3) is German team FC Schalke 04 (six matches: W4 D2).
Chelsea didn’t lose one match in competition drawing three of their 15 games at the UEFA Europa League about the way to qualifying for the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League and winning the final and winning 12.
Chelsea’s 12 wins at the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League has just been bettered after in a leading UEFA European competition (excluding qualifiers) inside one year: Atletico Madrid at 2011-12 (13 wins, also from the UEFA Europa League).
Valencia have attained the UEFA Champions League in successive seasons for the first time since 2012-13 (three in a row), that was the last time they left it into the knockout stages of this contest, before being knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain in the previous 16.
Frank Lampard will take control of a UEFA Champions League game for the very first time in his managerial career. In the competition, he made 102 appearances as a Chelsea player and is among only 22 players to have played 100+ games in the competition with the club.
Follow upgrades to the other side of the Sky Sports website and app on Tuesday via our live match blog. Coverage will begin at 6.45pm.
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