Chelsea vs Valencia: Champions League final kick-off time, TV channel and odds

Frank Lampard was a Champions League hero in Chelsea’s midfield but is leading them out for the first time as a manager in the competition (Picture: Clive Howes/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea host Valencia in Frank Lampard’s first match as a manager in the Champions League, with the Blues boss admitting he cannot wait to experience the thrill of leading out his side in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.

The meeting with the current holders of Spain’s Copa del Rey kicks off Chelsea’s first campaign back in the Champions League after they finished third in last season’s Premier League.

The 2012 Champions League winners won the Europa League last season, beating Arsenal 4-1 in the final under former manager Maurizio Sarri.

Want to know how to follow the progress of Lampard and his side tonight? Read on for all the details.

What time does Chelsea vs Valencia kick off?

Unlike last season, when Europa League matches were held on Thursday nights, Chelsea’s return to the Champions League means their attempt to reach the final will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Lampard said: ‘There is something about nights at Stamford Bridge, something about the Champions League music.

‘I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones, and it is the ultimate in club football for me.’

The ex-midfielder’s first match in charge in pursuit of the trophy will begin at 8pm UK time.

What channel is Chelsea vs Valencia on? Can I stream the Champions League?

Chelsea vs Valencia will be shown exclusively live in the UK on BT Sport 3 HD and BT Sport Ultimate on TV, as well as across the broadcasting giant’s digital platforms.

Coverage begins at 7.15pm, and a stream will also be accessible through BT Sport’s homepage.

The BT Sport app is available to download for free on iOS and Android phones and tablets.

What are the odds for Chelsea vs Valencia?

Valencia arrive at Stamford Bridge having won only one of their opening four matches of the La Liga season, so it’s perhaps no surprise that Chelsea are odds-on favourites to beat them with all the bookies.

Following a tricky start to the season in which Chelsea mirrored that record by recording a solitary win in four games, they hit menacing form in the Premier League on Saturday by racing into a 4-0 lead at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Striker Tammy Abraham is hoping to fire Chelsea to Champions League glory (Picture: Chelsea Football Club/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

England prospect Tammy Abraham, who missed the decisive penalty in Chelsea’s defeat on penalties to Liverpool in the Super Cup earlier this season, scored a hat-trick before adding an own-goal as the result finished 5-2 to the visitors.

His side are a best-priced 10/11 to start with victory, while tipsters fancying an upset can back Valencia at almost 7/2, or tip Chelsea for their third draw inside 90 minutes this season at 14/5.

Lampard has emphasised the importance of a positive result, adding: ‘I will be proud to take the team out and am very aware that what matters is results and starting the group well against tough opposition.

‘I am excited. There are memories I have and we have here as Chelsea people and I want to experience it on this [the managerial] side of the fence.’

In the group stage, Chelsea will also play French side LOSC and Ajax, the reigning Dutch champions who reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.

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