Tip Chelsea - Valencia
Chelsea have a new manager this season and couldn't make big improvements to their squad during the summer due to a transfer ban. They started the season with a 4-0 loss at Old Trafford and then lost to Liverpool on penalties in the European Super Cup. Over 90 minutes, they haven't lost since that game at Old Trafford. The notable change is that their goals are being scored by players who came through their academy. The weekend saw them win 5-2 at Wolves to go sixth in the Premier League. Tammy Abraham has already scored seven goals in the Premier League, well eight if you include his own goal against Wolves. Chelsea's last 12 home games in the Champions League have only produced one loss and that was to PSG.
Valencia had a poor start to La Liga last season but a strong second half of the season saw them qualify for the Champions League and reach the last four of the Europa League. If they had got past Arsenal, then they would have met Chelsea in the final. Valencia have struggled so far this season and are down in 13th place in La Liga with four points from four games. Their only league win has been over newly promoted Mallorca. The weekend saw them lose 5-2 at Barcelona and two away league games have produced two losses. Only one of their last eight away games in the Champions League have been won. Go for Chelsea to get the home win in this game.
Key points Chelsea - Valencia
Chelsea have lost only one of their last 12 home Champions League games.
Valencia have only won one of their last eight Champions League away matches.
Over 90 minutes, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last five games.
Conclusion Chelsea - Valencia
Chelsea have made a steady start to the new season and can get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start. They rarely lose at Stamford Bridge and in Tammy Abraham have a in-form striker. Valencia have struggled in La Liga this season and struggle on their travels. Go for a home win here.
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Chelsea Valencia Prediction published on September 15, 2019