Putting in arguably their most eye-catching display so far this season when they made the trip to Molineux over the weekend, Frank Lampard now turns his attention to the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Putting five past Wolves on Saturday and continuing to find themselves at the heart of high-scoring encounters, Chelsea are in the midst of a four-match unbeaten run in England’s top-tier.
While the Londoners might be showing signs of a side managing to find their feet domestically, the same cannot be said for Tuesday’s guests.
Shipping five away at the Nou Camp over the weekend and managing to record just a single La Liga victory since opening the 2019/2020 campaign last month, the Bats also hold a woeful record against their Premier League counterparts.
Remarkably, Valencia have failed to record a single victory in any of the previous six meetings between the two sides, including a 3-0 hammering the last time they made the trip to Stamford Bridge. You will be interested to know that Chelsea can be found at 4/5 with SkyBet to extend their winning run in midweek.
Chelsea’s kids steal the show
Although Frank Lampard’s decision to heavily invest in youth may have left some sceptical around Stamford Bridge, the former England midfielder saw his kids repay his faith over the weekend.
Already fielding their youngest Premier League starting XI in the club’s history, Tuesday’s hosts picked up a much-needed 5-2 victory over Wolves on the weekend and all of their goals were scored by academy products aged 21 or under.
Even more impressive, and shocking, all of Chelsea’s Premier League goals this season have been scored by young English players.
Enjoying a youthful revolution in West London, one red-hot striker to keep an eye out for this weekend will be leading marksman, Tammy Abraham.
Bagging his first top-flight hat-trick at Molineux on Saturday, the England U21 ace has now found the net seven times in just his last three domestic appearances and leads the race for the Golden Boot with Man City’s Sergio Aguero.
Averaging a goal every 47 minutes, you will be interested to know that Abraham can be found at 13/10 with Ladbrokes to grab his maiden Champions League goal on Tuesday.
The toothless Bats
While Valencia may have managed to just snatch a fourth-place finish off of Getafe last season and secure back-to-back spots in the Champions League for the first time in seven years, the Bats find themselves in the midst of a real struggle.
Shocking many across Europe and announcing the sacking of now-former Head Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral after just three La Liga matchups, Tuesday’s guests shipped five away at Barcelona over the weekend and their confidence is taking a major dent.
Now turning to former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder Albert Celades in an attempt to steady the ship, Valencia have also seen their chances of securing another top-four finish take a huge hit with the bookmakers.
Los Ches are currently priced as high as 9/2 with Betfair to break the top-four this season, behind both Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao.
A side that appears to be a shell of the one that caught the eye at the back end of the 2018/2019 La Liga campaign, Valencia will also be unable to call upon long-term injury absentees Carlos Soler and Cristiano Piccini.