Chelsea are looking to take a significant step towards UEFA Champions League qualification when they travel to Spain to take on Valencia on Wednesday evening.

The two sides are tied on seven points in Group H along with Ajax who currently lead the group. A draw will leave Chelsea in a strong position to qualify while a win will see them through.

Valencia go into the match without as many as eight first team players through injury. It is understood that Cristiano Piccini, Mouctar Diakhaby, Ezequiel Garay, Francis Coquelin, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Goncalo Guedes, Denis Cheryshev and Ruben Sobrino are all sidelined.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard continues to be unable to call upon defender Antonio Rudiger who has not yet returned to fitness following a groin injury while youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is also out. Midfielders Ross Barkley and Pedro are the other first team players who are not believed to have travelled.

Wednesday night will see the two sides meet for the eighth time. Valencia secured their first-ever victory over The Blues in the opening group fixture in September when they won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s latest meeting with Valencia is scheduled to kick-off at 5.55pm and the match will be screened live on BT Sport 3.

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I am Dan Pentland football writer and reporter at various levels including the English Football League, FA Women's Super League and in UEFA and FIFA affiliated competitions. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk

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