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Match facts: Chelsea v Valencia

Published: Saturday 3 December 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Chelsea v Valencia
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Published: Saturday 3 December 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Chelsea v Valencia


UEFA milestones
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UEFA Champions League statistics
• David Luiz and Raul Meireles will incur a suspension with their next yellow cards.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 3 December: Newcastle United FC 0-3 Chelsea FC (Drogba 38, Kalou 89, Sturridge 90+2)
Čech; Ivanović, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Romeu, Lampard (Meireles 61); Sturridge, Drogba (Torres 79), Mata (Kalou 75)

• Chelsea recorded their second successive 3-0 league victory; only their second win in five games in all competitions. Frank Lampard had an early penalty saved and Daniel Sturridge struck the post; Newcastle hit the woodwork three times.

• André Villas-Boas' side completed back-to-back clean sheets in the league, as many as they managed in 12 previous top-flight outings this season.

• Sturridge's six league goals this season have come at an average of one every 105 minutes.

• The Blues had lost three of their previous four Premier League games before a 3-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on 26 November, a match which marked Oriol Romeu's first top-flight start for Chelsea.

• Defeats by Arsenal FC (5-3, 29 October) and Liverpool FC (2-0, 20 November) were Chelsea's first consecutive Premier League losses at Stamford Bridge since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

• Chelsea were also beaten 2-0 at home by Liverpool in the League Cup quarter-finals on 29 November; they have lost five of their last ten matches in all competitions, winning four.

• Lampard was Chelsea captain for the 50th time in the cup defeat by Liverpool, which was José Bosingwa's 100th appearance for the club.

• Chelsea will play Portsmouth FC in the FA Cup third round on 7/8 January.

Injury news
• Michael Essien could be out of action until January after suffering knee ligament damage in pre-season training.

• Sturridge made his senior international debut in England's 1-0 home friendly win against Sweden on 15 November.

• Drogba, who took the prize in 2006 and 2009, is one of ten players nominated for CAF African Footballer of the Year award. The winner will be announced in Accra on 22 December.

• Five Chelsea players have been nominated for the FIFA FIFPro World XI, which will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich on 9 January: Cole, David Luiz, John Terry, Lampard and Drogba.

• Jim Lewis, a member of Chelsea's title-winning side in 1954/55, died on 21 November aged 84. He scored 40 goals in 95 Chelsea appearances.


UEFA milestones
• Jonas' goal on matchday four was timed at 10.84 seconds, the second fastest in UEFA Champions League history behind FC Bayern München's Roy Makaay, who struck after 10.12 seconds against Real Madrid CF on 7 March 2006.

• Valencia have scored 149 goals in the European Cup.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Víctor Ruiz, David Albelda and Éver Banega will incur a suspension with their next bookings.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 3 December: Valencia CF 2-1 RCD Espanyol (Tino Costa 6pen, Soldado 80; Moreno 69)
Alves; Barragán (Bruno 46), Rami, Dealbert, Mathieu; Pablo Hernández, Mehmet, Tino Costa, Piatti (Jonas 65), Alba; Aduriz (Soldado 76)

• Tino Costa's third goal in as many games set Valencia on course for their seventh win in eight matches.

• Roberto Soldado has registered 26 goals in his last 28 outings, and six in his last four.

• Jonas opened the scoring for the second game running as Valencia triumphed 2-1 at Rayo Vallecano de Madrid on 26 November, their third successive away win.

• Valencia will play third-tier side Cádiz CF in the Copa del Rey round of 32 on 13 and 21 December.

Injury news
• Víctor Ruíz has not played since being replaced at half-time on matchday five with a right adductor strain.

• Ricardo Costa is continuing his recovery from the torn left hamstring he sustained in training on 11 November.

• Banega has been ruled out of the remainder of the group stage after straining knee ligaments on matchday four.

• Sergio Canales is expected to be sidelined until April after partially tearing a right knee ligament on 23 October.

• Hedwiges Maduro is likely to be out of action until February after tearing ankle ligaments while training with the Netherlands at the start of October.

• Jérémy Mathieu made his international debut on 11 November as France beat the United States 1-0.

• Jonas scored both goals – his first at international level – as Brazil defeated Egypt 2-0 in Doha on 14 November.

Last updated: 04/12/11 22.22CET

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