We’ve seen this series go down before numerous times. It has be mostly favored on one side. In this case, that would be Chelsea, who has won five out of their eight matches so far, with two wins on Porto’s side and one draw.
The last time they met was during the group phase of the 2015-16 season, where Chelsea won both games. The last time Porto beat Chelsea was during the 2004-05 campaign. So yes, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a different outcome. Can we expect something else this time?
Let’s dive in into this matchup of Porto vs. Chelsea, along with the latest expert preview, Champions League betting odds and game prediction. You can check out this and many more soccer odds in our online Bitcoin sportsbook.
Porto vs. Chelsea Game Info
- When: Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
- Where: Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, Seville , Spain
- TV: Fox Sports / ESPN
- Live Stream: UEFA.tv
- Champions League Odds Odds: Porto +395 / +0.75 (-123) / Over 2.5 (+129) | Chelsea -137 / -0.75 (+101) / Under 2.5 (-161) | Draw +246
Why is Porto a safe bet in Game 1?
This is Porto’s 24th Champions League campaign, just one behind Real Madrid and Barcelona who have 25. They’ve qualified to the knockout round in their last 4 appearances. They’re looking to make it back to the semifinals since the 2003-04 season, when Mourinho was their coach. The last time they won during the quarterfinals was during that time frame.
The Portuguese squad heads into the Game 1 with a recent victory against Juventus, in which they were unbeaten for six games. Their record against English teams stands at eight wins, seven draws and five losses. They’re no strangers to clubs from the Premier League, though haven’t been able to make much of an improvement.
Sérgio Oliveira is player to look out for in Porto. He’s scored five goals this season, making him the joint-most in a season by a Portuguese player. He could bring plenty of power and problems for Chelsea’s defense. Just look at what happened to Juventus when they went against Porto.
- Form: WLWWW
- Latest: Win, 2-1 vs. Santa Clara (03/04)
- Current Standing:: 2nd Place of Primeira Liga
- Luis Diáz
Why is Chelsea a safe bet in Game 1?
This is Chelsea’s 17th Champions League campaign and their third in the last four years. If you remember, they played and won the Europa League during the 2018-19 season. They’ve won the competition once, during the 2011-2012 season.
Their performance against Portuguese teams has been great. They’ve won ten, tied in one and lost two. Not much difficulty was placed on them during the group phase. They’ve won the group phase 12 times since they started in the tournament.
The player to check out is Hakin Ziyech, who’s been directly involved in 14 goals in the last 17 Champions League games with Chelsea and Ajax, with seven goals and seven assists.
- Form: WDWWL
- Latest: Loss, 5-2 vs. West Brom (03/04)
- Current Standing:: 5th Place of Premier League
Porto vs. Chelsea Champions League Betting Trends
- Porto has scored two or more goals in the past five games.
- Porto has three straight wins.
- Porto has scored ten goals in the last five games.
- Chelsea has scored two or more goals in the past three games.
- Chelsea has scored six goals in the last three games.
- Chelsea suffered one loss in the past ten games.
Porto vs. Chelsea Betting Prediction
Just by looking at the stats from previous encounters, it’s safe to say Chelsea will be the safest bet. Their series record speaks for itself. Although, their recent weekend mishap against West Brom, where they lost 5-2, that might just bring some extra pressure over the Blues.
Plus, Porto has been having a good season so far. Even though they took down Juventus by away goals, it wasn’t an easy task for the Italian club to take them down. So, Porto just might give the surprise of the tournament. It’s a close call for this one.
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