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UEFA Champions League

  • September 28, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 33791
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Champions League Preview: Valencia - Chelsea

Juan Mata makes his return to the Mestalla as a member of the English giants to battle his former team-mates on matchday two of the Champions League


PROBABLE LINEUPS

VALENCIA

Guaita

Miguel, Ruiz, Rami, Mathieu
Banega, Topal
Hernandez, Canales, Jordi Alba
Soldado

CHELSEA

Cech
Bosingwa, Terry, Ivanovic, Cole
Meireles, Mikel, Ramires
Anelka, Torres,
Mata
Unai Emery will again go with one striker as Robert Soldado leads the attack, backed up by Jordi Alba, Sergio Canales and Pablo Hernandez. In defense, Victor Ruiz and Adil Rami will start, while in midfield David Albelda is a doubt after limping off at halftime in last week's match against Barcelona.

For the London side, Frank Lampard could once again miss out after being benched for the weekend win over Swansea. Fernando Torres will return to Spain and is likely to start given the domestic ban he faces following his sending off on Saturday. But the chief storyline goes to Juan Mata, who after four seasons at the Mestalla, returns wearing the blue of Chelsea.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia and Chelsea met in the 2006-07 Champions League quarterfinals with the English side winning 3-2 on aggregate.
  • The Spanish have one point in Group E after drawing 0-0 with Genk in the first match of their cup campaign.
  • Andre Villas-Boas' men have three points after defeating Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 in the first game.
  • Valencia is coming off a 2-2 draw with Barcelona and a 1-0 loss to Sevilla.
  • Chelsea defeated Swansea City 4-1 at the weekend.
  • Torres was shown a red card on Saturday in the league encounter, but the former Atletico Madrid and Liverpool star has scored in consecutive games for Chelsea for the first time.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Valencia

Chelsea

Wins
0
2
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Valencia CF VAL
Valencia CF Valencia
Draw
Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
82%

Top 3 Predictions

Valencia CF VAL
1 - 2
Chelsea FC CHE
Valencia CF VAL
1 - 3
Chelsea FC CHE
Valencia CF VAL
0 - 2
Chelsea FC CHE

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