It’s a three-way tie in Group H of the Champions League between Ajax, Chelsea and Valencia, with all three sides sitting on seven points after four games.
And Wednesday night presents both Valencia and Chelsea with the perfect chance to get ahead of one another, with the Spanish outfit hosting the Premier League side in a must-win game for both.
The two sides are tied on goal difference heading into the game, but the English side have managed one more goal. But it’s Valencia arguably boasting the slight advantage of confidence, having beaten Frank Lampard’s side on matchday one.
A Rodrigo goal was all that was required to inflict the Blues with their only defeat of the campaign. The visitors ran out 1-0 winners in west London. Chelsea will undoubtedly be out for revenge as they make the trip to the south of Spain on Wednesday evening.
It’s currently 12/1 for another 1-0 Valencia victory.
Lampard’s men are unbeaten in Europe since that loss, with two wins and a draw. Valencia went on to lose, draw and win their next three games in the competition.
The visitors are 11/10 to pick up a crucial three points and edge ahead in the race for the knockout stages.
The home side are currently 23/10 to win, with a draw available at 13/5.
Chelsea sit in the top five for attempted crosses in this season’s tournament, and are top of the list for completed crosses. They also boast a top five spot in the tally for corners for. They will, therefore, be looking to continue their attacking football against Valencia.
Despite Tammy Abraham claiming the majority of Chelsea’s Premier League goals, it’s Jorginho’s two penalties that see him sit top of the scoring charts for the Blues in Europe. The young England striker is 4/1 to score the game’s opener. The Italian midfielder is available at 11/1.
The other goals have also been shared around through the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Willian and Reece James among others. The Belgian striker is currently 6/4 to score anytime. Willian and James are available at 12/5 and 15/2 respectively.
Just like their opponents, Valencia’s goal scoring burden has also been shared around. Rodrigo will be keen to double his tally against Chelsea after netting at Stamford Bridge in September. He is currently 15/8 to do just that.
Dani Parejo and Ferran Torres both netted against Lille as Valencia came from behind to win last time out. The former is 17/2 to score the game’s opener, with the latter currently 14/1.