The Champions League quarter-finals are played to a conclusion in midweek. Chelsea host Porto at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday from 20:00, and you can follow all the build-up and play live on television. The English Premier League side holds an impressive 2-0 aggregate advantage and two crucial away goals.
Tuesday’s match will be the 10th recorded meeting between Chelsea and Porto. The Blues dominated the head-to-head scores with six wins against the two of their opponents and one draw. The last time Chelsea played host ended in a 2-0 home win back in 2015. The locals are favourites to progress to the semi-final and do it by winning this match.
Blues can be confident
Chelsea left Porto with a solid 2-0 away win last week, putting themselves in the driving seat to qualify for the next round. The Londoners opened the scoring on 32 minutes with a goal from Mount and wrapped things up near the end when Chilwell added a second. There’s still at least 90 minutes of football to play in this tie, but the Blues can be confident they are in a great position. A place in the semis is now theirs to lose.
Domestically, Chelsea has suffered just one defeat in their last five Premier League games and are pushing for a top-four finish this season. They warmed up for this clash by battering Crystal Palace 4-1 across the city on Saturday. It was a show of strength from the side, scoring two goals inside 10 minutes.
Porto missed a golden opportunity
Porto has performed above expectations in the Champions League this season and has been impressive until their meeting with Chelsea. Followers of Porto knew their team’s best chance of progressing to the next round came from making the home advantage count last week. They wanted to see Porto bag a win and, ideally, do it without conceding a goal. They failed on both fronts.
The visitors were also in action on Saturday and, like their opponents, eased to a league win. They beat Tondela 2-0 on their travels, and that result would have helped boost confidence ahead of their trip to London. The away team knows what is expected of them here – they must win by at least two clear goals to keep things interesting in England.
Chelsea vs Porto prediction
Confidence is high in the home camp, and everyone connected to Chelsea will be confident they have what it takes to finish the job. The Blues were seriously impressive in the first leg and now must protect their lead. They boast a strong defence and are capable of doing that.
Porto knows they have no option but to go on the attack. They must score early at Stamford Bridge to put pressure on their hosts. That’s easier said than done, of course, and the visitors could leave themselves open to the counter-attack.
Champions League odds
Chelsea is 1.79 at 22bet to win this match, or there’s 4.42 for Porto to grab the away win. A draw is yours at 3.72.
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