The Champions League group stages finally get started on Tuesday evening as Chelsea will face a stiff test by Valencia to open their Group H campaign. New Kenyan sportsbook 22Bet offers a prediction on the match, which is perfectly suitable for their live betting on football feature.
It hasn’t been the start that Frank Lampard would have been dreaming about at Stamford Bridge. The new manager is yet to win at his new home, as the Blues have drawn both their league games in front of their home fans. They will need to ensure that they don’t start the group stages slow as they will face a fight for a place in the next round from Ajax and Lille. Lampard would at least be pleased with the starts that Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have made to their careers at Chelsea.
Mount was rewarded with a call-up to the England side after scoring twice in four Premier League games, and his creative threat in the number ten position is vital for this fixture. Meanwhile, Abraham has scored four goals in two league games since missing the vital penalty in the shootout loss against Liverpool in the Super Cup. The Blues have proven European pedigree, but Valencia will be a tough test for the young team.
Valencia have also started the season slowly after winning just once in their opening three league games. This win came in their last league game before the international break against Real Mallorca. The talismanic captain Daniel Parejo scored the goals in this win. The midfielder is a legend at the club, and his form will be crucial to their chances.
Defensively, Valencia have been pretty solid in La Liga so far this term as they have only conceded two goals in their three league games. They will need to be solid at the back at Stamford Bridge, and that could ensure that their attacking players such as Rodrigo, Kevin Gameiro and Goncalo Guedes have the platform to blossom.
Head to Head
Chelsea have never lost to Valencia over the course of their six meetings. The Blues have won three and drew the remaining three. The last meeting between the sides came in the group stages during the 2011-12 Champions League campaign. Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla, before winning the home game 3-0.
Chelsea vs Valencia Prediction
This could be an entertaining fixture between two sides that both have attacking talent. Defensively, Chelsea are weak this season and Valencia will fancy their chances of getting a goal on the counter-attack. However, it would be difficult to see Valencia ending their baron run against the Blues so Chelsea will snatch a draw.
Tip: Draw at 3.50 with 22Bet. Make sure to use their sports betting bonus when betting on the match.