Losing to the 19th placed team in the Premier League, shipping five goals and playing with 10 men for the majority of the match is hardly the perfect preparation for a Champions League quarter-final.
That’s the task facing Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel looks to put the huge disappointment of Saturday’s defeat to West Brom to one side and rally the troops for a trip to Seville to take on Porto.
Playing at a neutral venue is a big plus for Chelsea in this ‘away’ leg and the Blues should bounce back with a win at 4/5 with Betfred*.
|Match Name||Porto vs Chelsea (Champions League)|
|When||Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 8 PM|
|Where||Estadio Ramin Sanchez-Pijuan, Seville|
|Best Bet||Get 13/2 on Chelsea 2-0 Correct Score @ bet365*|
|Live Streaming||Live on BT Sport|
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As poor as Chelsea were against West Brom there are a couple of excuses that can be made for them.
For a start, many of their squad played a lot of football for their countries in the 10 days before the match while Tuchel decided he had to shuffle the deck to ensure that his starting XI for the Porto game is as fresh as possible.
The centre-back partnership of Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva was particularly off the pace which is why the latter got himself sent off for two bookable offences in the first half.
Chelsea have generally been much more solid in defence since Tuchel took over and they should be able to limit Porto to just the odd chance so a bet on the Chelsea 2-0 correct score is tempting at 13/2 wth bet365*.
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Key Battle to Look Out For
As well as a new centre-back partnership, Tuchel is going to mix things up in the heart of midfield.
Mason Mount will surely come straight back into the team but Tuchel has said that N’Golo Kante will only be fit enough to start on the bench.
Chelsea’s back-three should help them keep some defensive solidity while the likes of Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech can burst forwards to create chance for Olivier Giroud who can score first at 4/1 with 888sport*.
*Please note that all odds are correct at time of article publication.