The context for this Anglo-Spanish encounter could hardly be more fascinating. Both teams have had rather odd starts to the season.
Chelsea sit in 6th place in the Premier League Table. Despite their relatively strong league position, the Blues have conceded 11 goals in their opening five games, a figure which means they have the second-leakiest defence in the English top-flight, second only to newly-promoted Norwich City. However, they have been potent going forward, scoring 11 – a stat which leaves them as the division’s third top scorers. This bizarre disparity between their defence and attack is, in all likelihood due to the arrival of Frank Lampard as manager.
The Chelsea legend and former Derby County manager re-joined his former club following the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus.
The backdrop for this move is the transfer ban which has been imposed on Chelsea following their alleged misconduct when signing youth players. Had this ban not been dished out, it’s likely Chelsea would have gone for a ‘bigger’ managerial name.
But not being able to sign any players has forced Chelsea into exploring alternative avenues in their quest to be competitive in the Premier League this season, namely the use of academy product – this is an area which Chelsea have, in the past, had a truly shameful record. When one sees the form of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori, they might wonder why they’ve never really bothered to explore this option before.
Chelsea’s young guns have been electric under Lampard’s stewardship. If they can ensure their defensive discipline is kept, Chelsea might have a real team on their hands. However, Lampard’s track record at Derby County – where his side shipped goals freely – suggests this might be more easily said than done.
But what of Valencia? There start has been equally strange. However, while the Chelsea fans will be contented with it given their use of young players and the exciting football they are playing, Valencia’s certainly will not. In the past week, the Valencia board decided to sack their now ex-manager Marcelino. The Spaniard was a hugely popular figure at the Mestalla given that he lead Valencia to their Copa del Ray triumph last campaign. The players are equally outraged.
All in all, things are not looking positive for the Spanish club. The new manager Albert Celades saw his side pummelled at the Camp Nou on Saturday in his first game in charge. With crucial games coming up, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Valencia slide further down the table than 11th where they currently lie.
So what will the outcome of this game be? Chelsea are a wildly unpredictable team but, if they can drill themselves better defensively, they should have enough firepower to see off Valencia. The pair’s group, Group H, which contains Ajax and Lille too, looks like the most evenly competitive in the competition – three points for either of these two teams, then, would be huge.
What about betting on Chelsea Vs. Valencia?
I went on 1xbit to see the odds for this game. Chelsea it seems favourite but probably we expect for an over. Our prediction will be available with 3 hours before the game starts.
- Chelsea to Win – 1.84
- Draw – 3.64
- Valencia to Win – 4.38
- Over 2.5 goals. Yes 1.90 | No 1.88
- odds are subject to change