Valencia vs Chelsea: Match Preview, Preferred Team & Predicted Score

By on September 28, 2011

One of the major questions ahead of the Champions League group match against Valencia is whether the two consecutive matches played with only 10 men will affect the team or not? Chelsea had a man sent off in both of the matches against Fulham and Swansea.

It should in theory not be too much of a problem because the teams that played against Fulham and Swansea were extremely different. Also, Torres played only 40 min on Saturday, and he is more likely to start against Valencia given that he will be unavailable for selection for the next three Premier League matches.

Playing Valencia in the Champions League is certainly not new to Chelsea, as we have been there in recent seasons. However, this will be a totally different Valencia team. The team we last played in 2007 was reeling under heavy financial crisis, but the current team was top of the Spanish la Liga only a fortnight ago. The draw with Barcelona and defeat to Sevilla may look poor on paper, but make no mistake about it, Valencia were extremely unlucky to lose both matches.

Chelsea, though, seem to be coming to the level we have anticipated when Villas-Boas took over, although slowly. The 4-1 win over Swansea may not be the most inspiring result in the world, but it was one that proved that the players are capable of dominating a match even with 10 men. Valencia could only draw their opening match against Genk, which will put us in an advantageous position should we get some kind of a result at the Mestalla.

Chelsea achieved the all-important home win over Bayer Leverkusen, but it will become an advantage only if we get some kind of a result.

A lot has been spoken in the British tabloids about the future of Frank Lampard. Villas-Boas said after the Swansea game that it will not be long before Lampard returns to the starting line-up. The Valencia match could well be that and Frank will be looking to show why he has been regarded as one of the important players for Chelsea over the last seven years or so.

My prediction: Chelsea to draw 1-1

Predicted Team Line-ups:

Valencia (4-4-1-1): Guaita; Maduro, Mathieu, Rami, Bruno; Víctor Ruíz, Banega, Costa, Aduriz; Jonas; Piatti.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech; Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Meireles, Lampard; Mata, Anelka, Torres.

Last Meeting: Chelsea 0 – 0 Valencia

Kick Off Time: Valencia vs Chelsea 00:15 BST

Venue: Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia.

Submitted by Chelsea True Blue

 

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7 Comments

  1. mohammed cfc

    September 28, 2011 at 10:40 am

    i don’t understand this british wens papers or may be because larmpad is an englishman dat way they make bid deal out of it , why they don’t write about kalou or moluda , should shame of ur self u joke , for ur imformatio villas boas is da boss and he can do whereve he plz and dat is none if ur dam buiesness

    • Paul

      September 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      @mohammed,You dick! what is this you wrote? Why are you murdering English? you’re crazy or what?
      You should be a boko haram or an Osama.

  2. PHABOOLUS

    September 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Why would mikel be benched in dis type of game. I’m telling u without mikel, our defence line will be shaky.

  3. PHABOOLUS

    September 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Preferrable midfield trio; ramires mikel meireles. Lampard shouldn’t start!!!

  4. Plang.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I don’t thnk juan mata should start but rather come in as a substitute. That should do the trick.

  5. Plang.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I don’t think Mata should start but rather come in as a substitute. That should do the trick.

  6. David

    May 21, 2012 at 4:54 am

    National teams. To be in the national team you must play very well for a club team. The itanrnanioetl teams are made up of the best teams from clubs around the world. The World Cup is the best and biggest tournament in the world. If you compare the top 5 national teams Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Uruguay, Portugal with the top 5 club teams Barca, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Man United, Bayern (in my opinion these are the top 5 club teams) I would take the top 5 national teams any day of the week.

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