Michael Owen states his prediction for Valencia v Chelsea FC
Former Liverpool FC striker Michael Owen is backing Chelsea FC to settle for a draw with Valencia on Wednesday night
Michael Owen is backing Chelsea FC to secure a valuable point at Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Blues will travel to The Mestalla looking to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage.
Chelsea FC came from 4-1 down to rescue a 4-4 draw with 10-man Ajax at Stamford Bridge last time out thanks to Reece James’ equaliser.
The Blues are on seven points in Group H level with current leaders Ajax and third-placed Valencia.
The Spanish side were 1-0 winners against Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge in the opening round of fixtures in the group stage.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Chelsea FC to secure a point against Valencia at The Mestalla to keep their hopes of qualifying for the round of 16 alive.
“Valencia won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and a win for either side would see them through to the last 16. Valencia, Chelsea and Ajax are currently tied on seven points and this is a game Chelsea simply cannot afford to lose if they are to make the knock-out stages,” Owen told BetVictor.
“With Lille to come at Stamford Bridge on Matchday six, a draw would not be a bad result for Frank Lampard’s side. Chelsea are unbeaten from three previous visits to the Mestalla (w2 D1) and I expect the Blues to come away with a valuable and hard-earned point.”
Chelsea FC are unbeaten in their last nine fixtures on the road in Uefa competitions, winning seven times and drawing twice.
The west London club have scored three goals or more in six of their last 12 European matches.
The Blues saw their six-game winning run come to an end in the Premier League last weekend following a 2-1 defeat by Manchester City at The Etihad.
However, Lampard’s side are still in fourth place and eight points ahead of fifth-placed Sheffield United.