The match is over.
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The Champions League is back and all eyes will be on how Frank Lampard prepares his troops for his first foray into the competition as a manager with the visit of a hot and cold Valencia to Stamford Bridge.
These two have a history of drawing games having shared the spoils in 50% of their entire meetings. 66% of those have come by way of a score draw and that is the best way to get some fantastic value with popular sportsbooks in this first group game tie. Both Chelsea and Valencia have started their league campaigns less than convincing as Chelsea take time to adapt to life under Frank Lampard shipping nine goals in four league matches whilst Valencia have found it tough to rise to last season’s high expectations – although it is early days.
DRAW AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
These two sides match each other in their struggles to find the back of the net when playing each other. Two of the last three meetings have seen under 2.5 goals in the game and never has there ever been more than three goals in a game when these two have net. Valencia have also only scored three times in La Liga this season whilst Chelsea have scored under 1.5 goals in four of their last five Champions League games. All of this makes for an obvious choice in the online betting sites Champions League markets.
UNDER 2.5 GOALS
Both teams to score is always an exciting bet to make and there is plenty of reasons to suggest this game will see both sides find the back of the net – although only once each. There has only ever been one meeting between these two in which a goalless draw has been the result whilst Chelsea have scored in their last four competitive matches in all competitions. Chelsea also have defensive issues, having conceded nine goals in four Premier League games.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
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Head to Head
In six previous meetings with Valencia, Chelsea have never lost having recorded three wins and three draws. The most recent of those was a 3-0 home win in the 2011/12 group stage. The first-round tie at the Mestalla ended 1-1 in which ironically current Blues boss Frank Lampard scored Chelsea’s goal.
The match to end in a draw
The pair have drawn three games between them in the retrospective leagues so far this season and having drawn half of their six head to head meetings, the draw looks the best way to go in this one. It will also be a solid way for both sides to start their Champions League campaigns although both will be spying the second fixture against one another as a much needed three-points in their quest to qualify from group H.
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