Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League couldn't have possibly gone worse for Chelsea or better for Valencia. While the Blues were crushed by a 90th minute Bayer Leverkusen goal, giving the Bundesliga side a 2-1 win, Los Che obliterated Racing Genk, 7-0.
This leaves Chelsea and Valencia on eight points each. Simply, either goes through with a win at Stamford Bridge. A 0-0 draw would send Chelsea through, while any other draw would send Valencia through in the case that Bayer Leverkusen do not lose to Racing Genk.
Chelsea have a clean bill of health, leaving Andre Villas-Boas to call on any team he wants with the notable exclusion of Michael Essien, who tore knee ligaments in preseason. Valencia are facing a number of injury problems, however, and Unai Emery has some difficult decisions to make. Hedwiges Maduro and Sergio Canales are out with long-term injuries, while Ricardo Costa, Victor Ruiz and Ever Banega are all questionable. None of the three made Valencia's 18-man squad in their 2-1 La Liga win over Espanyol on the weekend.
Chelsea Vs. Valencia
Game Date / Time: Tuesday, December 6. 2:45 pm ET, 7:45 pm GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England
Television: FOX Soccer Channel (USA), Sky Sports 2 (UK)
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