Both legs of the last-eight clash will be held in the Spanish city due to Covid-related journey pointers, with this night’s match appearing as a ‘home’ recreation for Porto.
A semi-final in opposition to Liverpool or Real Madrid is subsequent for the winners of this tie, with Chelsea anticipated to progress due to their searing begin to Thomas Tuchel’s reign as head coach. The German and his gamers have been unbeaten in 14 video games since his appointment at Stamford Bridge on the finish of January, though that positive run resulted in startling vogue on the weekend as the Blues lost to 19th-placed West Brom 5-2 in the Premier League.
Portuguese champions Porto, in the meantime, are on a three-match successful run since their 3-2 second-leg loss to Juventus within the Champions League final 16 – an extra-time outcome that ensured Sergio Conceicao’s side safe passage to the final eight due to their 2-1 first-leg victory. Chelsea, in the meantime, have been 3-0 aggregate winners against Atletico Madrid within the final spherical.
Here’s all the pieces you want to find out about tonight’s recreation.
When is it?
The match will kick off at 8pm GMT this night.
How can I watch it?
The fixture will air dwell on BT Sport, with subscribers additionally ready to watch it dwell on the broadcaster’s web site and app.
What is the crew information?
Porto will likely be with out Sergio Oliveira – who has scored 19 instances throughout all competitions this time period – with the midfielder having picked up one too many yellow playing cards, whereas Mehdi Taremi can also be suspended for this recreation after his crimson card in opposition to Juventus. Malang Sarr is eligible to take on his mum or dad membership right here, although the 22-year-old is unlikely to begin.
N’Golo Kante needs to be match within the Chelsea midfield, as ought to Christian Pulisic – regardless of the winger’s half-time exit in opposition to West Brom with an obvious damage. Thiago Silva’s sending-off in that recreation doesn’t have an effect on his eligibility tonight, however fellow centre-back Antonio Rudiger could miss out after his reported training ground clash with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Porto: Marchesin; Manafa, Pepe, Mbemba, Sanusi; Corona, Grujic, Uribe, Otavio; Marega, Martinez
Chelsea:Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell; Ziyech, Mount; Giroud
Porto have been seen as essentially the most beneficial opponents for the opposite seven groups when the quarter-final draw was made, however they’re no pushovers – as they demonstrated by eliminating Italian champions Juventus within the final spherical. That reality, coupled with Chelsea’s poor outcome in opposition to West Brom on the weekend, will give Blues followers trigger for concern. But Chelsea nonetheless have the larger high quality and depth, and that ought to no less than be sufficient to safe a significant away objective and draw right here, if not a win. Porto 1-1 Chelsea.