CHELSEA ‘hosts’ Porto with one foot in the Champions League semi-finals.
The Blues beat the Portuguese team 2-0 in the first leg quarter-final match last week in Seville, also where the second leg will be held.
What time does the Chelsea vs Porto match start?
- Chelsea vs Porto takes place on Tuesday, April 13.
- The match starts at 8pm.
- Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Sevilla once again acted as host for the draw, with An away goal is calculated as usual although the schedule was held in a neutral location because of the rules of the game.
On which TV channels can Chelsea vs Porto be broadcast and can I live stream?
Chelsea vs Porto will be live streamed on BT Sport 2.
BT started their coverage at 7pm.
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What is team news?
After burning the Crystal Palace net four times before and keeping a clean sheet against Porto, once again Thomas Tuchel had to make some tough decisions.
Kai Havertz brilliantly turned into a number 9 mistakes at Selhurt Park, opening the scoring and assisting Christian Pulisic, who also scored twice.
The pair, along with playmaker Mason Mount, will hold their place for the European clash.
That means Timo Werner will be replaced again, despite the German’s priority over Pulisic in Spain last week.
But the American brace, Havertz’s performance and Mount’s stability mean they are all ready to play.
Although Tuchel felt tired on his feet, Werner was ready to start on either side of the wing or in the middle.
Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham were both on the bench in the last two matches and competing for a starting spot.
Ramos, Leite, Loum, Diaz, Taremi, Baro, Martinez, Evanilson, Nanu, Sarr, Vieira, Conceicao
Marchesin; Manafa, Pepe, Mbemba, Sanusi; Corona, Oliveira, Uribe, Grujic, Otavio; Marega
13 Caballero, 1 Kepa, 4 Christensen, 15 Zouma, 3 Alonso, 33 Emerson, 20 Hudson-Odoi, 22 Ziyech, 9 Abraham, 18 Giroud, 11 Werner
16 Mendy; 28 Azpilicueta, 6 Silva, 2 Rudiger; 24 James, 5 Jorginho, 7 Kante, 21 Chilwell; 19 Mount, 29 Havertz, 10 Pulisic
TEAM TABLES HAS ENTRY !!!
DELAY GROUP TABLE
The starting line-up for Chelsea and Porto was a bit delayed, like the first leg.
Both teams have some big calls to make ahead of this important encounter.
We are waiting for the team’s panels at any time.
Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League after topping Group E, where they overcame Sevilla and knocked out Krasnodar and Rennes in the process thanks to their unbeaten streak in which they won four out of six.
The Blues then knocked Atletico Madrid out of the round of 16 thanks to a 3-0 total, meaning they are still unbeaten in the tournament.
The west London side had 7 wins out of 9 and could become the first English side to go unbeaten in the first 10 games in a Champions League season since Liverpool in the 2017-2018 campaign, where they won 11 consecutive match.
Chelsea have kept 7 clean sheets in 9 Champions League matches, the highest number with Manchester City
Porto and Chelsea’s first encounter took place in 2004 as part of the Champions League group stage at Stamford Bridge, where the hosts won 3-1 against Jose Mourinho in the game just months after he won. Win the competition with the Dragons.
Since then, the two sides have faced a total of nine times with the Blues winning a total of six games, compared with two defending champions Portugal’s wins.
Although tonight’s match is on a neutral pitch, the West Londoners still play a host role and that can give them their advantages.
Chelsea have won all four home games as hosts, scoring eight and conceding only two.
HOW DOES CHELSEA GO?
Chelsea won 2-0 in the first leg at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium last week thanks to goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.
Porto played a host role in that neutral pitch and thus the Blues scored two away goals ahead of tonight’s clash.
That means a goalless draw will help West Londoners progress to the semi-finals, where they will face either Real Madrid or Liverpool.
The Dragons need two goals to take the game to extra time but the third goal will determine the spot in the next round.
If Chelsea scored, Porto would still have 3 goals after 3 goals that led them to go straight to 4 Champions League finals
The second leg tonight between Chelsea and Porto will take place at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, just like the first match.
The decision was made for both matches to take place in Seville due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic and consequently both clubs to lose their home advantage.
Chelsea host tonight, which means both of the goals they scored last week count as away goals and that gives them a huge advantage over Spain.
The Blues have some happy memories on this ground, which is where they beat Sevilla 4-0 in December thanks to four goals from Olivier Giroud
GOOD EVEN FROM SEVILLE
Welcome to our live report of the Champions League quarter-final between Chelsea and Porto at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
The Blues are holding the edge after beating the Portuguese giants 2-0 in the first leg at Seville last week and will be looking to win tickets to the semi-finals tonight.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has a perfectly suited squad at his disposal and could start with Thiago Silva at the back after the star defender expires domestic suspension on Saturday.
N’Golo Kante has healed a hamstring injury but Tuchel still wants to be careful with his star midfielder and has yet to decide whether he will play against the Dragons.
Porto manager Sergio Conceicao will welcome Mehdi Taremi back to play after the striker received a red card in the first leg last week.
Conceicao will be able to bring Sergio Oliveira back into the game after the midfielder also received a yellow card suspension against Chelsea.
But Oliveira is currently facing a muscle problem and as a result, Porto’s boss may have to make a late assessment of the Portuguese player’s fitness.
Coceicao will not have Ivan Marcano and Mouhamed Mbaye due to muscle injury and ACLs respectively while Diogo Costa tests positive for coronavirus.