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CHELSEA ‘host’ Porto with one foot in the Champions League semi-final.
The Blues defeated the Portuguese side 2-0 in quarter-final first leg last week in Seville, which is also where the second leg will be held.
Chelsea take a 2-0 lead into the second leg
What time does Chelsea vs Porto kick off?
- Chelsea vs Porto takes place on Tuesday April 13.
- The match kicks off at 8pm.
- The Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Sevilla again plays host to the tie, with away goals counting as normal despite the fixture being held in a neutral venue because of covid restrictions.
What TV channel is Chelsea vs Porto on and can I live stream it?
Chelsea vs Porto will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2.
BT begin their coverage at 7pm.
How can I watch Chelsea vs Porto for FREE?
- EE customers can get BT Sport INCLUDED to their plan at no extra cost if they are on a plan with Smart Benefits – simply log in to EE and choose BT Sport app.
- And then get it on the big screen by texting SPORT to 150 to get a FREE three-month trial of large screen so you can cast all the action on your TV.
- At the end of the three months you will automatically roll onto the £15 per month subscription unless cancelled.
What is the team news?
After firing four past Crystal Palace and keeping a clean sheet against Porto, again Thomas Tuchel has some tough decisions to make.
Kai Havertz was excellent as a false No9 at Selhurt Park, opening the lead and creating for Christian Pulisic, who scored twice too.
The pair, alongside playmaker Mason Mount, will expect to keep their place for the European clash.
That would mean benching Timo Werner again, despite the German being preferred to Pulisic in Spain last week.
But the American’s double, Havertz’s performance and Mount’s consistency means they are all primed to play.
Although should Tuchel sense some tired legs, Werner is available to start on either flank, or through the middle.
Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham have both made the bench in the last two matches and compete for a place up front.
How Chelsea could line up against Porto
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
THE TEAM SHEETS ARE IN!!!
TEAM SHEET DELAY
There is a slight delay on the Chelsea and Porto starting line-ups again, just like in the first leg.
Both teams have some major calls to make ahead of this crucial encounter.
We are awaiting the team sheets at any moment.
Chelsea made it through to the Champions League quarter-finals after topping Group E where they bested Sevilla and eliminated Krasnodar as well as Rennes in the process thanks to an undefeated streak that saw them winning four out of six matches.
The Blues then eliminated Atletico Madrid from the Round of 16 thanks to an aggregate of 3-0, which means they are still unbeaten in the competition.
The west Londoners count seven wins out of nine matches and could become the first English side to go undefeated across their first 10 games in a single Champions League season since Liverpool in the 2017-2018 campaign where they won 11 straight matches.
Chelsea have kept a whopping seven clean sheets in nine Champions League games, which is the joint-highest amount along with Manchester City
HEAD TO HEAD
Porto and Chelsea’s first ever encounter took place in 2004 during the Champions League group stage at Stamford Bridge where the hosts won 3-1 with Jose Mourinho in the dugout just a few months after he won the competition with the Dragons.
Since then, the two sides have faced off a total of nine times with the Blues winning a majority of six matches, compared to the reigning Portuguese champions’ two victories.
Although tonight’s game takes place at a neutral ground, the west Londoners still pose as hosts and that might give them an advantage.
Chelsea have won all four of their home matches as hosts, scoring eight goals and conceding a mere two along the way
HOW DO CHELSEA GO THROUGH?
Chelsea won 2-0 in the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium last week thanks to goals by Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.
Porto posed as hosts in that neutral ground and thus the Blues have registered two away goals heading to tonight’s clash.
That means that a goalless draw will see the west Londoners going through 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 a third will seal qualification to the next round.
If Chelsea score then Porto will still be after three goals that will lead them straight into the Champions League’s final four
Tonight’s second-leg between Chelsea and Porto is going to be contested at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, just like the first tie.
The decision was made for both games to take place in Seville due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic and thus both clubs have lost the home advantage.
Chelsea pose as hosts tonight, which means that both goals they scored last week count as away goals and that gives them a major advantage in Spain.
The Blues have some happy memories in this ground as that is where they beat Sevilla 4-0 in December thanks to four goals by Olivier Giroud
GOOD EVENING FROM SEVILLE
Welcome to our live coverage of the Champions League quarter-final match between Chelsea and Porto at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
The Blues hold the advantage after beating the Portuguese giants 2-0 in the first leg in Seville last week and will be looking to punch their ticket to the semi-finals tonight.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has a fully-fit squad at his disposal and could start with Thiago Silva at the back after the star defender served his domestic suspension on Saturday.
N’Golo Kante has healed from a hamstring injury but Tuchel still wants to be careful with his star midfielder and has yet to decide whether he will start against the Dragons.
Porto manager Sergio Conceicao is going to welcome Mehdi Taremi back to action after the striker served his red card ban in the first leg last week.
Conceicao would be able to have Sergio Oliveira back in the fold as well after the midfielder also served his yellow card suspension against Chelsea.
But Oliveira is currently dealing with a muscle issue and thus the Porto boss may have to make a late assessment regarding the Portugal international’s fitness.
Coceicao is going to be without Ivan Marcano and Mouhamed Mbaye due to a muscle and ACL injury respectively whereas Diogo Costa tested positive for coronavirus
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