Goals from David Luiz and Juan Mata helped Chelsea to a 2-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen a fortnight ago and Wednesday’s fixture will be a memorable one for the latter player who only left the Mestalla a month ago to join the Blues.
Mata has already demonstrated to Chelsea supporters that he’s a class act and his new team are the favourites at 6/4 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) to claim a second victory of the season in Europe, having cruised past Swansea on Saturday despite playing with ten men for much of the game.
The hero and villain against the Swans was Fernando Torres, who is likely to start this match before serving a three-game Premier League suspension and he can be backed at 5/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to open the scoring in his native Spain.
Mata is a tasty 19/2 and seems to have a knack of getting into goalscoring positions, although Valencia will not be easy opponents on home soil and will the players will relish the chance to try and get one over their former team-mate.
Los Che are on offer at a tempting 2/1 to win the match and go a point clear of their opponents at the top of Group E, with the pair expected to qualify for the last sixteen ahead of Leverkusen and Genk.
Roberto Soldado is a threat for the home side who should keep John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic occupied, while attacking midfielder Pablo Hernandez should also get forward on plenty of occasions for Valencia.