In what is being billed as their most important Champions League matchup so far, Chelsea will make the trip to Valencia’s Estadio de Mestalla on Wednesday evening with a spot in the knockout stage up for grabs.
While the Blues may have eventually suffered a 2-1 defeat away at the Etihad over the weekend, the former Premier League champions are unbeaten in their last three European outings and are still in the midst of an eye-catching purple patch.
On the flip side, Frank Lampard’s side are not the only outfit who have their sights set on securing a route out of Group H next month.
Despite seeing their three-match winning run come to an abrupt end away at Real Betis over the weekend, Valencia find themselves sat level on points with both Ajax and Wednesday’s hosts in Group H.
There is no doubt that Valencia will also be boosted by their most recent meeting against the Royal Blues. When the two sides met back in September, the Bats grabbed a 1-0 win in West London and you might be interested to know that a similar shock result can be found at 5/2 with Bet365.
Valencia looking to cause another upset
While Valencia may have seen Real Betis clinch a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon, Wednesday’s hosts have made a string of much-needed improvements heading nearer to Christmas.
Battling from behind to eventually put four past Lille on home soil three weeks ago, Albert Celades’ men have won three of their last four and they have lost just one matchup in front of their own supporters since opening the 2019/2020 campaign.
One man to keep an eye out for in midweek could be Spanish starlet, Ferrán Torres.
The 19-year-old has bagged goals in back-to-back matches at the Estadio de Mestalla, including finding the net against Lille earlier in the month. The winger is pencilled in at 9/2 with Paddy Power to extend on that tally in midweek.
With only their goal difference keeping them behind Chelsea and Ajax in Group H, you might be interested to know that Wednesday’s hosts can be found at 8/11 with Ladbrokes to secure a spot in the knockout stage, behind the leaders who both sit at 1/3.
Chelsea looking to make another statement
Still seen to be one of the leading contenders to secure a route out of Group H, there is no doubt that Frank Lampard’s side will still be boosted by bagging three dramatic late strikes to snatch a point off of Ajax earlier in the month.
Despite tasting defeat at the Etihad last time out, the former England midfielder has seen his side win seven of their last eight matches away from Stamford Bridge, including a victory out in Holland last month.
Causing City a string of issues in Manchester on Saturday evening, Chelsea’s continued success in the final third has been a huge part of their youthful resurge.
Led by leading marksman Tammy Abraham who sits second in the Premier League’s race for the Golden Boot, the reigning Europa League winners have scored seven goals in their previous three Champions League appearances.
You might be interested to know that Lampard’s men can be found at 1/1 with William Hill to bag over 1.5 goals on foreign soil in midweek.