Chelsea and Porto will face each other in the Champions League quarter-final tonight, tonight as Thomas Tuchel tries to come back from a damaging defeat to West Brom: everything you need to know before kick-off
- Chelsea will face Porto in the first game of the Champions League on Wednesday
- The Blues come off a landslide 5-2 home defeat to West Brom
- Porto is second in the Primeira Liga, eight points behind Sporting Lisbon
- Both legs are played in the Spanish city of Seville due to restrictions in the field of the corona virus
Chelsea will travel to Spain on Wednesday evening for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Porto.
Uefa confirmed last week that both legs will be played at the neutral Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Seville, with tonight’s game designated as Porto’s home leg.
Chelsea have been in inspired form since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, but they faced their government’s first defeat on Saturday in a devastating 5-2 home defeat to relegation-fighting West Brom.
For the first time since he took the lead, Tuchel now has to rally his players to bed what was a damaging blow to their hopes in the top four.
Porto, on the other hand, will confidently come out after three consecutive wins, especially after their shocking two-legged win over Juventus.
With the long-awaited spectacle just a few hours away, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important information.
Thomas Tuchel has to strengthen his team after the very disappointing defeat against West Brom
When is Porto against Chelsea?
Chelsea will travel to Spain to play it against Porto in the quarter finals of the Champions League on Wednesday, April 7.
The all-important game kicks off at 8pm BST at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, after Uefa announced last week that both legs would be played on neutral ground.
Due to the prevailing coroan virus restrictions that we have all become so accustomed to, the match will of course be played behind closed doors.
Chelsea then have an away game against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, with the return game, again at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, to be played next Tuesday.
How to watch Porto vs Chelsea
The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2, with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain – also in action simultaneously – on BT Sport 3.
Subscribers can also view both games on both the BT website and in the app.
Porto vs Chelsea: team news
Thiago Silva will be available for Chelsea despite his broadcast defeat to West Brom
Antonio Rudiger (right) will start despite his bust-up in training with Kepa Arrizabalaga (left)
The good news for Chelsea is that Thiago Silva’s ban after his red card against West Brom will be domestic, meaning he will be available to play against Porto.
Likewise, Chelsea will have both Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante fit after overcoming their respective hamstring injuries, although the latter is unlikely to start.
In the meantime, Tammy Abraham – who was left out of the squad on Saturday – will also be fit to play, while Antonio Rudiger will start, despite his training ground bust-up with Kepa Arrizabalaga.
As for Porto, the big news is that Sergio Oliveira – who has scored two goals against Juventus in the last 16 – will miss the first leg due to a suspension.
Likewise, Mehdi will also miss Taremi after being sent off against the Italian giants in their second leg.
Interestingly, Malang Sarr – on loan from Chelsea – has been included in the squad with no restrictions on play.
Porto vs Chelsea: the odds
Despite Chelsea’s early wobble against West Brom, it’s the resurgent Blues who come into the game as the overwhelming favorites.
The duo have met eight times throughout history, with Chelsea winning five, Porto emerging victorious twice and just the single draw.
They last met in the group stage in 2015, where Chelsea won their home game 2-0, but lost the away game 2-1.
Regardless, the Blues are the favorites to triumph, with a 3/4 chance of winning the first leg, while Porto is the underdogs at 4/1. Meanwhile, there is a draw on 5/2.
* Odds according to Betfair and correct at time of publication
Full Champions League Quarter Finals
With the quarter-final action kicking off on Tuesday-evening, there are now only six games left before we have our semi-finalists.
The full schedule is shown below.
Quarter-finals of the Champions League
Tuesday, April 6
- Manchester City 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
- Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
Wednesday, April 7
- Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain
- FC Porto v Chelsea
Tuesday, April 13
- Chelsea against FC Porto
- Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich
Wednesday, April 14
- Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City
- Liverpool against Real Madrid