It’s the first round of the Champions League group stages and this is something fans have been looking forward to for months. The fixtures take place over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday evening and you can follow all the play live on BT Sport. Here are our top Chelsea v Valencia betting tips and predictions.
A Closer Look
Choosing which match to watch will be the toughest decision of the night, but Frank Lampard’s home tie against Valencia is one that will take all the ignoring. The new Chelsea boss has struggled for consistency during the first few weeks of his reign and The Blues are much lower in the Premier League pecking order than he would have hoped.
The gaffer jumps right in at the deep end when plotting glory at this level with only a handful of top-flight English league matches under his belt. Will he sink or swim? It’s anyone’s guess at this stage but we know Lampard is a born winner and always rose to the occasion in this tournament as a player. He’ll be itching to get back involved and will ask his recruits to give him a big performance in a bid to lay down a marker for the six games ahead, getting fans onside at the earliest opportunity.
A Big Win for Frankie?
The betting has Chelsea marked up as favourites and you’ll find 10/11 available at Ladbrokes. That’s a confident stance from the money men but it’s one they believe is spot on. Valencia looks value at 16/5 with William Hill while Bet365 offer the draw at 13/5 and that’s market top offer. We’re going to take a punt on both teams to score at 10/11 – best price with 10bet.