Porto will welcome their champions league quarter-final opponent Chelsea at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for the first leg of the contest. The two former champions league winners will face off each other for the semi-final spot. Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in 2012 to be crowned champions league for the first time in their history whereas Porto’s last champions league title came way back in 2004 when they beat Monaco 3-0 in the final under the special one Jose Mourinho.
The blues beat Atletico Madrid with a comprehensive scoreline of 3-0 in the round of 16 ties and on the other hand, Porto stunned champions league favorite Juventus after a close contest in Turin and managed to qualify for the champions league quarter-final.
Porto’s win against the old lady came at a cost with a suspension of their key midfielders Mehdi Taremi and Portuguese Sergio Oliveira. Chelsea is also struggling with their squad fatigue and unfitness as it was exposed off in their last premier league game.
Porto stunned the footballing world as they beat Juventus in their backyard after a tough contest in the round of 16. They managed to beat them courtesy of an extra-time goal by Sergio Oliveira in the 115th minute.
Porto will come into this game after a 2-1 win over Daniel Ramos’ Santa Clara in their last Primeira Liga match. Second-half goals ensured the victory for Sergio Conceicao’s Porto, the goals were scored by Portugal international Sergio Oliveira and Spanish forward Toni Martinez followed by a consolation goal for Santa Clara by Brazilian forward Carlos.
Chelsea enjoyed a fantastic run of form under their new manager Thomas Tuchel as they managed to beat the defensive fort of Atletico Madrid. Chelsea showed strong character and game awareness as they eased past Atletico 3-0 to secure their champions league quarter-final berth.
Although Chelsea has been enjoying a tremendous form they had a reality check when they were mercilessly beaten by Big Sam’s West Brom in their last game. A first-half red card to the Brazilian central defender Thiago Silva created a vacuum in their defense which was pretty much exposed by West Brom’s attackers. A first and second-half brace by Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson seal the deal for them as the final scoreline was 5-2.
Head to head statistics
Porto and Chelsea came against each other a total of 8 times, where Chelsea had the upper hand. Chelsea won 5 of the 8 matches whereas Porto managed to win 2 matches and one match ended in a draw.
Porto will be missing on their key midfielders in this fixture and Chelsea will be looking to take advantage of this situation. We suggest you, bet on a double-chance in this fixture.