Valencia host Chelsea
After already beating Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge in the first round of the Champions League group stage, now Valencia host the English team with the idea to beat them again. On Wednesday these two teams will meet in an important game at the Estadio Mestalla. We are going to discuss it in our Champions League predictions.
Probably nobody expected that Group H of the Champions League is going to be so competitive. Ajax, Chelsea and Valencia are currently having the same amount of points, having equal chances to reach the 1/8-finals of the competition. What’s about to happen in these last two rounds will be decisive for them.
Valencia have a tough task against a very good Chelsea team, but they will have the confidence of a team which already beat them once. In September Los Che achieved a surprising 1-0 win at the Stamford Bridge when Rodrigo scored the winning goal. But we have to say that Chelsea improved a lot since this match.
In the previoous round Valencia started bad against Lille and they were losing until the 66th minute at the Mestalla, but they bounced back and scored four goals for 25 minutes of playing. Dani Parejo, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Ferran Torres scored for Albert Celades’ team, while Lille’s Adama Soumaoro scored himself an own goal.
Meanwhile Chelsea and Ajax offered us a historical thriller at the Stamford Bridge. The Dutch team was leading with 4-1 in the English capital, but two of their players got sent off 20 minutes before the end. This allowed the Blues to equalise, so the game ended with a spectacular 4-4 draw. The Italian international scored two penalties, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James also put the ball behind Andre Onana’s back.
It won’t be easy for Valencia against Chelsea, despite of their home advantage. The Blues are always improving with Frank Lampard at helm, so they are favourites at the Mestalla. This is what we think about this match in our Champions League predictions.