Hosts hoping to eradicate their poor form against British sides, with just two wins from 10 games, whilst they have not beaten an English team since 2002
Barragan, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Mathieu
Pablo, Parejo, Piatti
Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole
Meireles, Ramires, Malouda
Mata, Torres, Anelka
Diego Alves could return as he is the designated Champions League goalkeeper, meanwhile David Albelda, Pablo Hernadez and Roberto Soldado could all be back in the starting XI after being rested during the 1-0 defeat at Sevilla on Saturday.
The visitors are also doing well on the injury front as Daniel Sturridge and Michael Essien remain their only players definitely ruled out.
Fernando Torres will likely start following goals in consecutive league matches and with his three-match ban not counting for European games, whilst Juan Mata looks set to retain his place in the team against his former club.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Valencia won their first European title, the Cup Winners' Cup, in 1980, a competition Chelsea won nine years earlier.
- The Premier League side have only failed to reach the last eight of the Champions League once in the last five years. That was the 2009-10 edition. when they were knocked out in the round of 16 by Inter.
- The best Valencia have done in Europe’s elite competition in the last 10 years is reach the quarter-finals twice, whilst they have also failed to get out of the group stages on two occasions.
- The Spanish side have won just two of their last 10 European matches against British opposition, beating Liverpool at Anfield 1-0 in 2002 and a 3-0 home win against Rangers in last season’s Champions League.
- Andre Villas-Boas’ side have fared little better, winning just three of their last 10 matches against Spanish opposition, with one of those victories coming at the Mestalla back in 2007.
- In the four meeting between the two sides, the Spaniards are yet to pick up a win.
- In their two previous meetings at the Mestalla, Chelsea have won 2-1, whilst both of their previous matches at Stamford Bridge ended in draws.
- If John Terry (right) plays on Wednesday and Frank Lampard again fails to get on the pitch, the Chelsea captain will becoming their all-time appearance leader in Europe with 86.
- Should he play, David Albelda will move joint second with Miguel Angel Angulo in Valencia’s all-time European appearance records. Santiago Canizares is the current leader on 97.
- Valencia’s biggest win Europe came last season with the 6-1 win over Bursaspor, whilst Chelsea’s came back in 1971 with a 13-0 win over Luxembourg side Jeunesse Hautcharage (now known as UN Kaerjeng).