Wednesday's match is our earliest opportunity to progress to the next stage of European competition this season. We continue the build-up to the game in Spain by looking at some facts and figures...
Valencia vs Chelsea head to head
Chelsea and Valencia lock horns for the eighth occasion in European competition, all in the Champions League. This season’s match at Stamford Bridge is Valencia’s only victory to date.Prior to matchday one, all of our past six meetings came in the space of four and a half years, four alone taking place in 2007. The Blues were 3-2 aggregate winners against Valencia in the 2006/07 Champions League quarter-finals, winning 2-1 at Mestalla after a 1-1 draw in west London; Chelsea went on to lose to Liverpool on penalties in the last four.
Read and see plenty more about that game in the Champions League Years
We also won 2-1 at Valencia in the following season's group stage before a goalless draw in London. We went on to finish first in the group with Valencia fourth, and went all the way to that season's final, losing on penalties to Manchester United in Moscow.Chelsea's run to glory in the 2011/12 Champions League featured two games against Valencia in the group stage, Frank Lampard scoring in a 1-1 draw at Mestalla on matchday two before Andre Villas-Boas’ side won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on matchday six, our only home success against Valencia.
Valencia’s biggest home win in the Champions League:
23/11/2011 - Valencia 7-0 Genk - group stage
Chelsea’s biggest away win in the Champions League:
20/10/1999 - Galatasaray 0-5 Chelsea - first group stage25/11/2014 - Schalke 0-5 Chelsea - group stage
Matchday One Line-Up
CHELSEA 0 VALENCIA 1Champions League group H, Stamford Bridge, 17.09.19, 8pm
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Arrizabalaga; Zouma (Giroud 73), Christensen, Tomori; Azpilicueta (c), Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 79), Alonso; Willian, Mount (Pedro 16); AbrahamUnused subs Caballero, Guehi, Pulisic, Batshuayi.Injured Hudson-Odoi, James, Loftus-Cheek, Kanté, Emerson, Rüdiger, GilmourHead coach Frank LampardBooked Jorginho 33, Giroud 89Penalty miss Barkley 87 (off target)
Valencia (4-4-2) Cillessen; Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Coquelin, Kondogbia, Parejo (c), Cheryshev (Diakhaby 90+2); Rodrigo (Lee 90), Gameiro (Maxi Gomez 70)Unused subs Domenech, Jaume Costa, Torres, Goncalo GuedesHead coach Albert CeladesScorer Rodrigo 74Booked Coquelin 8
Referee Cuneyt Cakır (Turkey)Attendance 39,469
Chelsea's European Record
Chelsea have lost just one of our last 19 games in Europe (14 wins, four draws) in a run that includes winning the Europa League last season; our only defeat was on matchday one of this Champions League campaign at home to Valencia.Chelsea are looking to record three consecutive away Champions League victories for the first time since winning five in a row during the 2003/04 campaign.
The Blues are unbeaten in a club-record nine European away matches since losing 0-3 to Barcelona at Camp Nou in March 2018 in a Champions League tie (seven wins, two draws).Chelsea have lost just one of our past 11 away Champions League matches in Spain (three wins, seven draws, one defeat), though it came in our most recent visit in March 2018, a 0-3 reverse at Barcelona in the last 16.Chelsea have only lost twice in our last 14 Champions League group stage games (eight wins, four draws, two defeats), with one of those defeats coming against Valencia this season.Chelsea have won five of our last six away group games in the Champions League, scoring 13 and conceding five.Lampard could become the seventh manager to win his first three away Champions League matches – the six to do so are Fabio Capello (AC Milan, 1993), Luis Fernandez (PSG, 1994), Antonio Oliveira (Porto, 1996), Claudio Ranieri (Chelsea, 2003), Pep Guardiola (Barcelona, 2008) and Santiago Solari (Real Madrid, 2019).
Valencia v Chelsea is the 950th game since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. We have a 61.22 per cent win rate in that time.Against Manchester City N’Golo Kante’s made his 150th Chelsea appearance and Mateo Kovacic started his 50th Chelsea game.
This is Valencia's 12th Champions League group stage campaign. Finalists in both 1999/2000 and 2000/01, they have not reached the last 16 since 2012/13.
Twelve months ago Los Blanquinegros were also in Group H, finishing third behind Juventus and Manchester United – who they beat 2-1 at Mestalla on matchday six having earlier held out for a goalless draw at Old Trafford – to move into the Europa League. They overcame Celtic, Krasnodar and Villarreal to reach the semi-finals, where they came up short against Arsenal, losing 1-3 in London and 4-2 at home.
Valencia have won three of their last four home Champions League games, having lost four of their previous five.Our Spanish hosts have won nine of their 19 matches against English clubs. Their five defeats have come in the last eight such fixtures.Valencia have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 11 home games in the Champions League.Valencia lost 2-1 at Real Betis on Saturday despite Maxi Gomez opening the scoring just after the half hour. After 14 games they stand 10th in La Liga on 20 points, eight behind leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Valencia's Matchday Four Line-Up
Tuesday 5 NovemberValencia 4-1 LilleTeam 4-4-1-1: Cillessen; Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Lee (Vallejo 54), Parejo (c), Kondogbia, Cheryshev (Torres 30); Rodrigo (Gameiro 90+3; Maxi GomezBooked: Garay, WassScorers: Parejo 66 pen, own goal 82, Kondogbia 84, Torres 90
There are no suspensions.
In the Champions League, three yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension in the competition. Booking list
Valencia: Garay 2, Coquelin 1, Jaume Costa 1, Lee 1, Maxi Gomez 1, Wass 1
Chelsea: Azpilicueta 1, Giroud 1, James 1, Jorginho 1, Tomori 1, Zouma 1
Referee and VAR
Felix Zwayer is the referee. The German recently took charge of England’s 5-3 Euro 2020 victory over Kosovo in September. His last Chelsea game was in April when we beat Slavia 1-0 in Prague in the Europa League quarter-final. Sascha Stegemann from Germany is the VAR.