Chelsea FC v Valencia CF
It’s squeeky bum time in the UEFA Champions League tonight as Chelsea host Spanish giants Valencia, with a winner takes all outcome.
Andre Villas-Boas’ men sit second in their group – behind Bayer Leverkusen – and are level on points with their La Liga rivals.
Right back Jose Bosingwa is a doubt for the Blues ahead of the tie, with Branislav Ivanovic a likely replacement. Michael Essien is still out until next year whilst youngster Josh McEachran is nursing an injury.
Chelsea come off the back of an impressive 3-0 away win against Newcastle United on Saturday, and an earlier kick-off of 12:45 meant they had just a little more time to rest and prepare for this match.
Meanwhile, Valencia sit third in the league table having only lost once away all season. Roberto Soldado is in a rich run of form and will be keen to score against Chelsea again as he did in the weekend’s 2-1 win over RCD Espanyol.
Key player: Juan Mata Roberto Soldado
Top scorer (league): Daniel Sturridge (7) Roberto Soldado (9)
Last match: WIN 0-3 Newcastle Utd WIN 2-1 Espanyol
Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Valencia CF
First goal scorer: Branislav Ivanovic