Chelsea vs. Porto – PREVIEW

Chelsea vs. Porto – PREVIEW

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Chelsea will look to seal qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League as they face Jose Mourinho’s former side Porto tomorrow (19:45 GMT KO).

The Blues currently sit top of Group G on goal difference, having lost just one of their five games thus far – a 2-1 loss away to tomorrow’s opponents.

Porto also have 10 points after five games and currently sit in second place, sharing an identical record to Chelsea (W3 D1 L1).

Chelsea need a point to ensure automatic qualification.

However, Porto, who were steered to Champions League glory in 2004 by Mourinho, overcame Chelsea 2-1 at the Estadio de Dragao in late September, with goals from goals from Andre Andre and Maicon coming either side of Willian’s equaliser.

 

Last six games:

Chelsea: WLWWDL (includes two Champions League games)

Porto: WWLWWW (includes two Champions League games).

 

Team News:

– Chelsea captain John Terry is in contention to return after an ankle injury.

– Midfielder Ramires is also available once again.

– However, Radamel Falcao remains out despite taking a limited part in training this week.

– Porto have no new injury concerns.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have progressed to the knockout stage as group winners in nine of the past 12 campaigns.

– Chelsea have won all three home Champions League games played against Porto.

– Porto have only lost three of their past 14 away European games, winning five.

– Mourinho is aiming to become the first manager to win the Champions League with three different teams, after winning with Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010).

–¬†Porto have travelled to England 16 times previously in European competitions but have never won there (D2, L14); failing to score a single goal in four of their last five visits.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Champions League:

Chelsea (away vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv, won 0-4): Begovic, Baba, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Hazard, Oscar, Costa.

Porto (home vs. Dynamo Kiev, lost 0-2): Casillas, Pereira, Martins Indi, Marcano, Layun, Neves, Pereira, Imbula, Tello, Aboubakar, Brahimi.