Chelsea v Valencia team, preview & odds

Updated: December 6, 2011


Chelsea will head into the must win Champions League clash with their manager Andre Villas-boas saying that they only have themselves to blame if they don’t reach the next round.

The Blues need a win or a draw to secure their place in the knockout stages and speaking ahead of the game, a composed Villas-Boas said “We just have ourselves to blame, During this campaign of five games, we’ve done pretty well in terms of performances, but the small details have gone away from us in the last couple of minutes, at Valencia and Leverkusen.

“If that hadn’t happened, we would have been sitting here in a familiar position, like in the past, and, most likely, having qualified.”

The Londoners will head into the game in good spirits after the 3-0 win over Newcastle at the weekend and their only worries ahead of the game are the absence of Jose Bosingwa and midfielder Josh McEachran, who misses out with an ankle injury.

Valencia will head into this game in fine form having won 7 of their last 8 games with 22 goals scored. Their star striker Roberto Soldado with 14 goals this season has scored just one less than Daniel Sturridge, Ferndando Torres and Didier Drogba.  Valencia are currently third in La Liga and beat Espanyol 2-1 coming into this game to stay 7 points behind leaders Real.

Last time out they were too strong for Gent winning 7-0 with Salgado grabbing a hat trick and Chelsea will need to be at their best to secure their passage.

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

Chelsea are 1.78 to get the win they need with Betfair

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