In the final UCL quarter-finals match of the week, upstart Porto takes on Chelsea in what should be a fantastic soccer match. Even though they’re the road team, Chelsea is the favorite on the moneyline. They’re not even a close favorite since soccer handicappers must lay $140 to make $100. Will Chelsea prove they belong in the final eight? Or will the home underdog knock the Blues out of the Champions League? Let’s try to find the answer to those questions so you can make your bets against their Champions League odds.
Champions League: Porto Vs Chelsea Preview, Odds, and Free Pick
FC Porto Vs Chelsea General Match Info
- When: Wednesday, April 7 at 3:00 pm ET
- Where: Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal
Why bet on Chelsea versus Porto?
Save for an anomaly loss to West Bromwich on April 3, Chelsea has played like one of the best club teams on the planet. They absolutely demolished Atletico Madrid in their 2-leg aggregate, winning the first leg 1-0 and then taking the second-leg 2-0. Chelsea is in such good form that they even beat Liverpool 1-0 on March 4. If the loss to West Brom worries you, don’t let it. The Blues hadn’t dropped a match since Jan. 19.
Chelsea Last 5
- L – 2-5 vs. West Bromwich
- W – 2-0 vs. Sheffield United
- W – 2-0 vs. Atletico Madrid
- D – 0-0 vs. Leeds United
- W – 2-0 vs. Everton
Chelsea predicted starting lineup
Why bet on FC Porto versus Chelsea?
Porto was supposed to have trouble getting out of their group. Man City was a lock to win Group C while many considered Marseille or Porto with a shot to finish second. Porto amassed 13 points, though, just 3 points behind the Sky Blues’ 16, and easily knocked out Olympiakos and Marseille. Porto entered the second-round a huge underdog versus Ronaldo and Juventus. All Porto did was beat Juventus 2-1 in the first-leg and then lose by a single goal, 3-2, in the second leg. Although both teams scored 3 goals, Porto scored 2 on Juventus’ pitch, sending them to the quarters. If Porto could get past Juvy, they can get past Chelsea.
FC Porto Last 5
- W – 2-1 vs. Santa Clara
- W – 1-2 vs. Portimonense
- W – 2-0 vs. Paco de Ferreira
- L – 3-2 vs. Juventus
- W – 0-2 vs. Gil Vicente
FC Porto predicted starting lineup
FC Porto Vs Chelsea Final Betting Analysis
On paper, Chelsea looks much stronger than Porto. But the Portuguese Liga squad is at home. They also send a fantastic goalie to the net in Augustin Marchesin.
Marchesin has 27 saves in 7 Champions League matches. He has given up 7 goals but he also has 4 clean sheets. Chelsea counters with Mendy one of the absolute best goalies in the world.
Mendy played great up until the match versus West Brom. It wasn’t his fault, because West Brom exposed how uncomfortable Chelsea is when opponents attack space at the back.
Porto attacks space at the back brilliantly. But the home team will be without two key players, Oliveira and Taresmi. Chelsea could be without Christian Pulisic, who appears to have pulled his hamstring in the loss to West Brom.
Speaking of that match, Chelsea folded. The West Brom disaster will have happened three days before the Blues battle Porto. It could be difficult for Chelsea to play without thinking of the loss to West Brom. Even without a couple of starters, Porto can beat Chelsea and the odds are better than fair.
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