Chelsea vs Valencia injury update & predicted starting line-ups
The Blues missed out on last season’s competition, but gained excellent compensation by winning the Europa League.
Manager Frank Lampard has been dealt a blow ahead of the game, with defender Antonio Rudiger picking up a groin injury at Wolverhampton Wanderers over the weekend.
N’Golo Kante and Emerson Palmieri also miss out, while youngsters Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are not yet fit enough to be considered for first-team action.
They last met at Stamford Bridge back in 2011, with Chelsea recording a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Predicted starting line-ups:
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Christensen, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham.
Valencia: Cillessen; Wass, Gabriel, Garay, Gaya, Ferran Torres, Coquelin, Parejo, Guedes, Rodrigo, Gameiro.