Chelsea will aim to return to winning ways following their humble defeat to West Bromwich when they travel for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals with Porto. The match schedules for Wednesday at Seville, with kickoff at 11 pm.
The host thrillingly overcame Juventus to book their first place in the last eight, while Chelsea dumped Atletico Madrid out of the tournament in the last 16.
Cristiano Ronaldo suffered some gory defeats in his time, but none comes close to their dramatic exit at Porto’s hands to former Sporting Lisbon protégé. The side fell for a defeat on away goals after a five-goal thriller in the second leg on March 8.
Federico Chiesa’s brace sent the game to extra time after Sergio Oliveira’s spot kick opened the scoring. Sergio Conceicao’s were awarded for their efforts on the spot in the quarter-finals for the fourth time in 16 seasons. They have advanced past this tournament stage since Jose Mourinho took them in the 2003-2004 campaign.
Thomas Tuchel suffered his first humiliating defeat under his Chelsea managerial career at the hands of West Brom. The side started badly with defender Thiago Silva picking to yellow cards.
It followed a massive overhaul of goals, with Matheus Perreira and Callum Robinson both picking a brace. Diagne finished off the night to end in a 5-2 loss.
Porto vs Chelsea Head to Head
Both sides have six games against each other, with Chelsea with four wins while Porto with one win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Porto 2-1 CD Santra Clara
Portimonense 1-2 Porto
Porto 2-0 Pacos de Ferreira
Juventus 3-2 Porto
Gil Vicente FC 0-2 Porto
Chelsea 2-5 West Brom
Chelsea 2-0 Sheffield United
Blues 2-0 Atletico Madrid
Leeds United 0-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-0 Everton
Porto Team News
Porto’s star man Oliviera will miss out on the first leg encounter after picking up an accumulation of yellow cards. Marko Grujic will fill in the spot in the engine room to offer some defensive stability. Mehdi Taremi remains suspended after his sending-off against Turin.
Chelsea Team News
The engine room will see Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic’s pair, even with Ng’olo Kate fit enough to make the journey. Christian Pulisic will be involved in the clash despite heading to the treatment room during their last outing.
Prediction and Odds
Plenty of questions remain engraved in many people’s fans, but we expect a quick response this Wednesday.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Over 2.5