Porto, who give up on their Portuguese Primeira Liga hunt, host Chelsea in one of Wednesday’s Champions League ties. Thomas Tuchel lost for the first time as a Chelsea coach as they shockingly lost 5-2 against relegation-threatened West Brom.
Porto eye memorable UCL run
Knowing they’re out of the cup and losing the league to Sporting CP, Sergio Conceicao will be hopeful of saving the season with a deep run in Europe. It’s rare for Porto to end a season without a title, and they’re surely not one of the favourites in the Champions League.
However, the former Portugal international decided to go with his strong side for Santa Clara’s visit to Dragao. Both sides scored the penalty spot before Porto find the winner in the fifth minute of injury-time from the Spaniard Toni Martinez.
After playing more than an hour with ten men and seeing off Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus, their focus is on the Champions League. Porto also had a magnificent group stage as they only conceded a goal in the first game against Manchester City.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 20:00 on Wednesday 7th April 2021, and the entire game will be available on BT Sport.
Chelsea unidentifiable in the defeat to West Brom
Since the former PSG coach arrived in England to take over at Chelsea, they weren’t undefeated. When the defeat finally came, it was not a good look for the German coach. Chelsea did score the first goal against the team fighting for survival.
But a couple of minutes after Christian Pulisic’s opener, Thiago Silva saw a straight red card. This was a game-changer for the visitors as Matheus Periera and Callum Robinson both scored a brace.
In many ways, it was one of the worst defeats in the club’s modern story as West Brom gave themselves a helping hand in their relegation fight. Tuchel would be critical of his team as he’s not afraid to address his ideas both in the dressing room and in the dugout. They get a chance to regain confidence quickly with the trip to Portugal.
Chelsea with a better head-to-head record
Tuchel knocked out Porto with a win in a preliminary round of the Champions League when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund back in 2015-16. There have been eight games where Chelsea have come out on top – including in the 2006-07 round of 16 ties. Porto have beaten Chelsea twice, including when the two teams were in the same group in 2015-16.
Porto & Chelsea Team News
Porto will be without two of their key attacking players. Mehdi Taremi is unavailable after his red card in Turin. Sergio Oliviera scored twice back then and also on the scoresheet in midweek but is also suspended after picking up his third Champions League yellow card of the season in the second leg against Juventus.
Pulisic and N’golo Kante are doubtful to make the trip to face Porto in the first leg.
Chelsea to return to winning ways?
There is one favourite here, and it’s Chelsea. Porto are having a difficult season despite their memorable run to reach here in the Champions League. Meanwhile, if you put aside the weekend’s disappointment, Chelsea are on the right path under Tuchel. They’ll also be helped by the fact Porto are missing star players.
|Chelsea to win||4/5 (1.8)||Unibet|
|Both teams to score – NO||31/40 (1.78)||BetVictor|
|Under 2.5 total goals||5/7 (1.71)||Sport Nation|