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Porto vs Chelsea predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League fixture tonight

Chelsea take on Porto tonight as the sides’ Champions League quarter-final tie begins.

Both legs of the last-eight clash will take place in Seville due to Covid-related travel rules, with this first leg acting as a ‘home’ match for Porto.

A semi-final versus either Real Madrid or Liverpool is next for the victors of this tie, with Chelsea the favourites because of their impressive start to Thomas Tuchel’s tenure in charge. The German led his players on a 14-game unbeaten streak, starting from his first match at the end of January, though that run was stopped in dramatic fashion at the weekend as the Blues suffered a stunning 5-2 Premier League loss to 19th-placed West Brom at Stamford Bridge.

Portuguese champions Porto, meanwhile, are on a three-match winning run since their 3-2 second-leg defeat by Juventus in the Champions League last 16 – an extra-time result that ensured Sergio Conceicao’s side safe passage to the final eight on account of their 2-1 first-leg victory. Chelsea, meanwhile, were 3-0 aggregate winners against Atletico Madrid in the last round.

Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s game.

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When is it?

The match will kick off at 8pm GMT this evening.

How can I watch it?

The fixture will air live on BT Sport, with subscribers also able to watch it live on the broadcaster’s website and app.

What is the team news?

Porto will be without Sergio Oliveira – who has scored 19 times across all competitions this term – with the midfielder having picked up one too many yellow cards, while Mehdi Taremi is also suspended for this game after his red card against Juventus. Malang Sarr is eligible to take on his parent club here, though the 22-year-old is unlikely to start.

N’Golo Kante should be fit in the Chelsea midfield, as should Christian Pulisic – despite the winger’s half-time exit against West Brom with an apparent injury. Thiago Silva’s sending-off in that game does not affect his eligibility tonight, but fellow centre-back Antonio Rudiger could miss out after his reported training ground clash with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Predicted line-ups

Porto: Marchesin; Manafa, Pepe, Mbemba, Sanusi; Corona, Grujic, Uribe, Otavio; Marega, Martinez

Chelsea:Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell; Ziyech, Mount; Giroud

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Odds

Porto: 4/1

Draw: 5/2

Chelsea: 3/4

Prediction

Porto were seen as the most favourable opponents for the other seven teams when the quarter-final draw was made, but they are no pushovers – as they demonstrated by eliminating Italian champions Juventus in the last round. That fact, coupled with Chelsea’s poor result against West Brom at the weekend, will give Blues fans cause for concern. But Chelsea still have the greater quality and depth, and that should at least be enough to secure a vital away goal and draw here, if not a win. Porto 1-1 Chelsea.

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