Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea FC take on Porto in their UEFA Champions League second leg on Tuesday night hoping to qualify for the semi-finals.
Goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell secured a comfortable 2-0 away victory for Chelsea in last week’s first leg as they go into the encounter hoping to finish the job.
Chelsea have kept three clean sheets in a row in the Champions League and are unbeaten in nine European matches.
Chelsea have not appeared in the last four since the 2013-14 season – and the Blues are also unbeaten in nine in the Champions League since their crushing last-16 exit to Bayern Munich last year.
Porto have won only one of their 20 UEFA Champions League knockout stage matches as the away side, with that coming against Deportivo de La Coruña in the semis in 2003-04.
It will indeed be an uphill task for the Portuguese side and here SportPesa Kenya’s blog has a look at all you need to know ahead of the match.
What time does Chelsea vs Porto start?
The game kicks off at 10pm Kenyan time at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
Chelsea vs Porto team news
The hosts have a fully fit squad ahead of the second leg encounter with the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud all in line to start.
Ngolo Kante is also available to feature in the starting XI after coming off the bench for the blues on Saturday against Crystal Palace, as well as a well rested Thiago Silva.
As for the visitors, Porto manager Sergio Conceicao has admitted they will not take any risks with Sergio Oliveira’s fitness – he has scored 17 goals in all competitions for Porto and can return after suspension.
Moussa Marega was an unused substitute at the weekend but is certainly expected to lead the line alongside Mehdi Taremi in midweek.
Chelsea vs Porto head to head
These teams have played each other a total of 9 times and Chelsea have won on six occasions, including the 2-0 victory last week.
Porto have only managed two wins and another resulted in a stalemate.
Chelsea vs Porto current form
Both sides have only lost once in their last 5 games, making this game a very interesting one. With the visitors knowing they need to win by a two-goal margin at least if they are to keep their qualification hopes alive.
Chelsea vs Porto prediction
The home side are enjoying a great run under the tutelage of Tuchel and are the favorites to win this tie and qualify for the semi-finals.
Though Porto are expected to put up a fight, it might not be enough to beat Chelsea.