Chelsea and Porto go head-to-head in their Champions League quarter-final first leg TONIGHT as Thomas Tuchel’s side look to bounce back from a damaging defeat to West Brom: Everything to know ahead of kick-off
- Chelsea face Porto in their Champions League first-leg clash on Wednesday
- The Blues are coming off a crushing 5-2 home defeat to struggling West Brom
- Porto are sat second in the Primeira Liga, eight points off Sporting Lisbon
- Both legs will be played in Spanish city Seville due to coronavirus restrictions
Chelsea travel to Spain for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Porto on Wednesday night.
Uefa confirmed last week that both legs will be played in the neutral venue of Sevilla’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, with tonight’s game assigned as Porto’s home leg.
Chelsea have been in inspired form since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, but they were handed the first defeat of his reign in a damning 5-2 home defeat to relegation-battling West Brom on Saturday.
For the first time since taking charge, Tuchel must now rally his players to put to bed what was a damaging blow for their top-four hopes.
Porto, on the other hand, will come in full of confidence on the back of three straight wins, particularly after their shock two-leg victory over Juventus.
With the highly-anticipated spectacle just a matter of hours away, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important information.
Thomas Tuchel must galvanise his side after the highly disappointing defeat to West Brom
Chelsea travel to Spain to face Porto in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, April 7.
The all-important match will kick-off at 8pm BST at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, after Uefa announced last week that both legs would be played in a neutral ground.
Due to the prevalent coroanvirus restrictions we’ve all become so accustomed to, the match will, of course, be played behind closed doors.
Chelsea then have an away tie against Crystal Palace in the Premier League to follow, with the return leg, again at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, to be played next Tuesday.
How to watch Porto vs Chelsea
The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2, with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain – who are also in action simultaneously – being shown on BT Sport 3.
Subscribers can also watch both games on both the BT website and app.
Porto vs Chelsea: Team news
Thiago Silva will be available for Chelsea despite his sending off in the defeat to West Brom
Antonio Rudiger (right) will start despite his bust-up in training with Kepa Arrizabalaga (left)
The good news for Chelsea is that Thiago Silva’s ban following his red card against West Brom will be domestic, meaning he will be available to play against Porto.
Likewise, Chelsea will also have both Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante fit after overcoming their respective hamstring injuries, though the latter is not likely to start.
Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham – who was left out of the squad on Saturday – will also be fit to play, while Antonio Rudiger will start, despite his training ground bust-up with Kepa Arrizabalaga.
As for Porto, the big news is that Sergio Oliveira – who scored two goals against Juventus in the last-16 – will miss the first leg due to a suspension.
Likewise, Mehdi Taremi will also miss out after being sent off in their second leg against the Italian giants.
Interestingly, Malang Sarr – on loan from Chelsea – has been included in the squad with no restrictions on him playing.
Porto vs Chelsea: The odds
Despite Chelsea’s untimely wobble against West Brom, it’s the resurgent Blues who come into the fixture as the overwhelming favourites.
The pair have met eight times throughout history, with Chelsea winning five, Porto emerging victorious twice, and just the single draw shared.
They last met in the group stages back in 2015, where Chelsea won their home tie 2-0, but lost the away fixture 2-1.
Regardless, the Blues are the favourites to prevail, with odds of 3/4 to win the first leg, while Porto are the underdogs at 4/1. Meanwhile, a draw is at 5/2.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication
Champions League quarter-final fixtures in full
With the quarter-final action getting underway on Tuesday night, there are now just six matches remaining before we have our semi-finalists.
The full schedule is outlined below.
Champions League quarter-finals
Tuesday, April 6
- Manchester City 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
- Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
Wednesday, April 7
- Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain
- FC Porto vs Chelsea
Tuesday, April 13
- Chelsea vs FC Porto
- Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich
Wednesday April 14
- Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City
- Liverpool vs Real Madrid
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