Porto and Chelsea meet on impartial territory at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, within the first leg of their Quarter Last tie in 2020-21 UEFA Champions League.
This match marks Porto’s first assembly with Chelsea because the Group Stage of 2015-16 match.
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Mehdi Taremi is suspended for Porto after choosing up a pink card within the second leg of their Final 16 victory over Juventus.
Sergio Oliveira is suspended after amassing his second reserving of the season in that very same match, with the pair now becoming a member of Mouhamed Mbaye (knee) and Ivan Marcano (unspecified) on the sidelines.
Chelsea may very well be with out Christian Pulisic after the American suffered a hamstring damage in Saturday’s 5-2 dwelling defeat to West Brom.
Tammy Abraham might return after being snubbed on the weekend however N’Golo Kante (hamstring) is dominated out.
- Porto have prevented defeat in three of eight earlier Champions League conferences in opposition to Chelsea (W2, D1, L5).
- Chelsea have received simply one among 4 earlier away video games in opposition to Porto (W1, D1, L2).
- Moussa Marega is the one Porto participant to attain greater than as soon as of their 4 ‘dwelling’ Champions League matches this season, having discovered the online twice.
- Oliver Giroud has scored Chelsea’s final six away objectives on this season’s Champions League.
- That is the primary match this season by which any Porto and Chelsea match has been refereed by Slovenia’s Slavko Vincic.
Porto enter this sport in fierce type with simply three defeats since November in all competitions so can’t be underestimated, particularly after grinding out a tough fought win over Santa Clara on Saturday in a bodily contest with their excessive tempo fashion.
Chelsea will in the meantime actually be eager to supply a response after a shambolic defensive efficiency on Saturday, by which Thomas Tuchel’s gamble to relaxation key gamers in Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount and Oliver Giroud backfired but may benefit the Blues right here with their contemporary legs.
I due to this fact count on attacking contest right here however Chelsea do appear to benefit from the counter-attacks extra underneath Tuchel than dominating video games, which Porto can be cautious of and will make life tough so I’m going for a rating draw right here.
Prediction: Porto 1-1 Chelsea