Valencia v Chelsea team news

Match day two see Juan Mata make an early return to Spain as his new side Chelsea face his old team Valencia. Chelsea are unbeaten in their four encounters with Valencia (two wins, two draws) having met in the Champions League quarter-finals in April 2007 as well as the group stages in 2007/08.

Chelsea will be confident heading into the game having won both of their trips to the Mestalla, each time thanks to a 2-1 score line not to mention not losing in their last six trips to Spain while Valencia European home woes has seen them win only two of their last nine Champions League games at the Mestalla.

Andre Villas-Boas must decide whether to recall Frank Lampard after leaving the England midfielder on the bench for the last games while Ramires is also pushing for a starting place after missing the clash with Bayern Leverkusen through suspension.

Daniel Sturridge is expected to be fit after a knee injury while Romelu Lukaku is ineligible however Alex, Paulo Ferreira and Josh McEachran will not feature as they were not part of the squad that travelled to Spain.

Valencia meanwhile could be without long-serving midfielder David Albelda who is rated as doubtful with a back injury sustained in the 2-2 draw against Barcelona last week while Mehmet Topal is definitely out with a shoulder injury.

Valencia key man: In form striker Roberto Soldado, has scored five goals in five league games this season, will start as a lone forward for Valencia

Chelsea key man: Fernando Torres, the former Liverpool striker has dominated headlines in recent weeks for misses and indiscipline however his steadily improving form has gone largely unnoticed and with 3 assists and 2 goals in his last three games the striker is looking back to his best.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Ivanovic, Bosingwa, Terry, Luiz, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Romeu, Ramires, Lampard, Meireles, Mata, Malouda, Torres, Drogba, Anelka, Sturridge, Kalou, Turnbull.


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