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Our picks ahead of Valencia's trip to Chelsea in the Champions League

Chelsea look to heap misery on restless Valencia.

It’s hard to know what to make of Chelsea so far this season. I was of the opinion that this job came around a little too early for Frank Lampard, and while there are clear frailties within his side, it has to be said the signs are promising.

Put bluntly: they score a lot and concede a lot – which certainly makes them an interesting proposition for the neutral. Unbeaten now in four matches, Lampard sets his sights on Europe, where they welcome a Valencia side in disarray.

The Spanish giants aren’t the same miserly outfit who caused Manchester United all sorts of problems in last season’s competition. So far in La Liga, Los Ches have lost both of their away games against Celta Vigo and Barcelona—the latter being a 5-2 hammering—and the sacking of the popular Marcelino has caused a great deal of unrest within the camp.

Despite conceding six in their last two (and failing to win their opening couple of home matches this season), I’m backing Chelsea to win. Valencia look there for the taking after their issues both on and off the pitch, and I’ve been so impressed with Chelsea’s attacking output this season, particularly considering their relative inexperience. Credit for this goes fully to Lampard.  

It’ll be interesting to see whether Lampard opts for the in-form Tammy Abraham up-front or instead selects the savvy, experienced Olivier Giroud; whatever approach he does take, however, the mood around the Chelsea camp is a lot more positive than what Valencia are going through, and this could play a crucial role in deciding Tuesday’s victor.

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