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Rupert Wyman 28th Sep 2011 - 11:25

Nothing the Mata with Fernando

Valencia have not beaten an English team since 2002 and they will be hoping to eradicate that poor form against Chelsea.  The Spaniards have played Chelsea four times and they are yet to pick up a win.

They may have lost to Sevilla at the weekend but their form this season has been strong. They looked impressive a week ago, when they held Barcelona to a 2-2 draw at the Mestalla.

They are 2/1 to win the match, the draw is 11/5 and an away win is 7/5. However, Chelsea have won both of their trips to the Mestalla, both thanks to a 2-1 scoreline (9/1).

The ninety minutes result will depend on which Valencia side turn-up. They were poor against Sevilla at the weekend and they would probably take a point against the English giants.

Chelsea's Mata makes his return to a club, he only left Emery's team a few months ago. He is a former Real Madrid youth player, but he made his name at Valencia.  He is quick and capable of scoring goals and he is the man who could finally kick-off Torres' Chelsea career.

For the Match Winner, we have enhanced the price of Mata to score anytime and Chelsea to win from 4/1 to 5/1.

Torres has the backing of the fans and he started to impress in a blue shirt until his foolish sending-off against Swansea at the weekend. He has now scored in both his last appearances and he is 11/2 to score the first goal.

He is banned for his next three games domestically and he will definitely start against Valencia. Villas-Boas will rotate his side and Lampard could be a cracking bet to grab the first goal at 8/1. He is a fantastic professional and he is an integral part of the club.

He is getting older and with Villas-Boas rotation system, he will not start every match. He will have been devastated at not playing against Swansea and he will be a player on a mission in Valencia.

Chelsea play far more attacking football under Villas-Boas and over 2.5 goals looks a big price at 6/5. They terrorised Swansea with ten men at the weekend and things are starting to fall in place for the Portuguese manager.

This is the coveted trophy that all the players want to win, a title that has just evaded the club in the last ten years, the Holy Grail for Abramovich. They will head to Valencia with three points on their minds and with all the players knowing that they are playing for a first team spot at the weekend.

Both teams to score is 10/11 and Chelsea's style of play has been a little naive at times under Villas-Boas.  They seem to have a 'we can outscore you' motto at the club but they have started playing very attacking football.

It is 9/2 for a red card in the match, Chelsea have had a player see red in their previous two matches. If they find themselves 2-0 down at half-time, the hat-trick is a massive possibility. They have never been the best of losers in Europe.

 

 

 
 
 

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