Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have been sinking deeper and deeper in the wake of the recent result in the Premier League. They have lost a realistic chance of playing in Europe next season and will want to maximize their opportunities this season. However, they will face a tough fixture from which they have to get a result if they want to stay in the competition for the next round.
Chelsea and Porto are just two points ahead of Dynamo Kyiv in third place. A loss for either team will give an outright chance for Kyiv to enter the last 16 if they manage to beat the Maccabi Tel Aviv side that is yet to get a point in this season in the group. The stakes are high in this game and it is sure to produce an enthralling contest this mid-week. Here is the Preview of the game along with the Team News and Expected Line-ups. It also includes Betting Odds and Predictions.
The Chelsea vs Porto match will be played on Wednesday the 9th of December at the Stamford Bridge in London. The kickoff is scheduled at 7:45 pm BST (1:15 am IST on Thursday).
Jose Mourinho will miss the services of midfielder Ramires and striker Radamel Falcao for this game against Porto. Skipper John Terry picked up a knock in their last Champions League and is expected to return to the team for this game. Thibaut Courtois who came back into the Chelsea team for the game against the Cherries will start again for the Blues. The manager is likely to name a similar team to the one that lost to Bournemouth.
FC Porto have a relatively fit squad for this game as Dani Osvaldo remains as the only absentee for the visitors for this game. Casillas is expected to start in between the sticks with Brahimi leading the line for Julen Lopetegui’s side in London.
Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa
Casillas; Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Layun; Never, Andre; Imbula, Corona, Aboubakar; Brahimi
Terry vs Brahimi:
Brahimi has been exceptional off late for Porto. His movement and strength coupled with his finishing ability make him a hard player to deal with. That is why the Blue’s skipper Terry will have to step up to the plate and keep him quite while his teammates try to score at the other end.
Pereira vs Hazard:
Eden Hazard has not been at his best recently but has shown glimpses of what he is capable of in the last few matches. He will be up against one of the most assured defenders in Europe in Pereira. Pereira will relish the opportunity to defend the likes of Hazard and will have to be at his best to keep the Belgian away from harms reach.
FC Porto: 16/5
Chelsea do not look like a club that can chance their fortunes quickly. They may be given a lifeline in this game by one of their star players, but the manager needs to change things drastically to get their season back on track. A win against Porto will go a long way in succeeding that goal, but it will not be easy, given the quality in the visiting side. This can easily be Chelsea’s last game in the Champions League this season.
Chelsea 0-3 FC Porto