Champions League Preview: FC Porto vs Chelsea

LAST MEETING

November 25, 2009 (Champions League Group Stages): FC Porto 0-1 Chelsea

KEY STATS

  • Chelsea have won four of their six Champions League meetings with Porto (D1 L1). They have never failed to score against the Portuguese side
  • Porto won four of their five home games in the Champions League last season, drawing the other one. They scored 16 goals and conceded only three
  • Chelsea have won 80% of thier Champions League games against Portuguese sides (8 out of 10), their highest ratio versus any other nation faced more than 10 times
  • Porto have scored in each of their last 11 Champions League games. They’ve also only lost one of these games; the quarter final second leg against Bayern Munich last season (1-6)
  • If Willian plays, it will be his 50th Champions League appearance

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea will still be missing their no. 1 goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who is out for at least several months as he recovers from knee surgery. Diego Costa is expected to make a return as his domestic ban doesn’t extend to European competition. Striker Andre Silva will be missing for Porto as he was ruled out for at least a month last weekend after picking up an ankle injury. Yacine Brahimi is also a major doubt having missed training at the weekend after picking up a knee injury in the draw with Moreirense

PREDICTED LINEUPS

FC PORTO XI: Casillas; Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Layun; Never, Andre, Imbula, Corona; Aboubakar, Brahimi

CHELSEA XI: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa

PREDICTION: DRAW

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