Little Tommy Tuch is still waking up in a cold sweat each night following Saturday’s home drubbing to West Bromwich Albion.
2-5 it finished in west London, with the Baggies now scoring 32% of their Premier League goals this campaign against the Blues.
Now, to say that Chelsea have ‘bigger fish to fry’ this week may be a little trite, but this defeat will soon be forgotten if they can take the upper hand in the opening leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Porto stand in the way, and it’s Seville that will be hosting this first leg on Wednesday night.
How do we see this one panning out? Keep reading to find out…
|Fixture||Porto v Chelsea|
|Date||Wednesday April 7 2021 at 20:00|
|Where||Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville|
|How to Watch||Live on BT Sport|
Our Top Odds Pick – Chelsea to keep a clean sheet – 11/10 with bet365
Now, if we are to forget Saturday’s anomaly, Chelsea had only conceded twice under the reign of Thomas Tuchel since his appointment in January.
That’s incredible stubbornness from the Blues’ back-line, and with a fit squad of defenders to chose from in Seville, Tuchel will be looking to get back to basics on Wednesday.
Porto — despite removing Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in the previous round — are the clear underdogs here, and will struggle to create the number of chances they are used to forging in Portugal.
A Chelsea clean is well priced at 11/10, to go with the six they have already kept in Europe this season.
Our Long Shot – Antonio Rudiger to score anytime – 12/1 with bet365
Antonio Rudiger’s ego would have taken a little boost on Saturday, seeing his colleagues get roasted by West Brom.
Tuchel has confirmed that the German will return to the heart of the Chelsea defence on Wednesday, and with Rudi out to prove a point, we think he’ll have a sniff at goal from set pieces.
He hasn’t scored since a double over Leicester City last January, but 12/1 says he can prove the difference in Seville.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.