Chelsea Starting XI Prediction (3-4-2-1) at FC Porto

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It took two months, but Thomas Tuchel has finally suffered defeat as manager of Chelsea. Now we’ll see how he and his squad respond. On the weekend, the Blues looked like anything but Champions League darkhorses, as they throttled by relegation fodder West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

However, there are some who really believe the Blues have an outside, but solid shot of winning the European championship. The quest resumes with a visit to FC Porto in the quarterfinals.

Chelsea at FC Porto UCL Quarterfinal Leg 1/2 FYIs

Kickoff: Wed April 7, 8pm, Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

Team news for both sides: go here

Odds: Chelsea win -140    Draw +250    FC Porto Win +430

Head to Head:  Chelsea win 5    Draw 2    FC Porto Win 1

Fast Fact: Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 matches in the Champions League

In terms of who could receive a first team assignment from Tuchel, we’re predicting that both expensive German flops, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner get the call here. Another player with a lot of prove, who should be in the first team again here, is central defender Thiago Silva.

He came back from a long injury layoff on the weekend only to get sent off in the 29′.

He did himself and his team badly, and he’ll be extremely motivated to come correct and find redemption here.

Chelsea Starting XI Prediction (3-4-2-1) at FC Porto: Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports IllustratedChicago Tribune and SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Michael Simmonds says

    The team need to make sure they are up for it from the word go, positive attitude required, play the wings as well, and no walking pace football across the field and backwards all the time.

  2. The result of the weekend is a wake up call for Chelsea.. Now they know they are not invisible.. It will be a tough one at Portugal by mid-week, but Chelsea is up to the task.

  3. DOUGLAS MAHY says

    Its time to bench Timo Werner and start Giroud or Tammy
    is it because the manager is German
    Who will score the goals at Porto

  4. CHELSEA SHOULD NOT PLAY TAMMY ABRAHAM

  5. let abraham start instead of werner so he could challenge and motivate him and everyone knows abraham is a natural goal scorer

  6. Girud should start ahead of werner who always flop in games,and Chiwel should start ahead of Alonso because he’s faster than Alonso.

  7. Anonymous says

    The same team beaten by westbrom??
    Where is Rudiger??? I don’t prefer this lineup

  8. The coach must change some area’s eg Alonso put chiwel,give chance to Tammy and Werner upfront.give chance to Ruger too,we don’t want to lose this game again.

  9. The same team again, why not Rudiger at the back and Giroud at the front

  10. GBENRO BOMBAY AKINKUOTU says

    Chelsea all the way. Yes we can

  11. I do prefer Tammy or Giroud to start,but werner oooh it will be another drummer to break Porto’s defense,I prefer zouma and Rudger then james should be rested he isn’t playing well at All.

  12. Anonymous says

    Earlier substitutions if the team is not scoring goals!

  13. Anonymous says

    Rudiger and Odoi must be in the squad instead of zouma and Reece

  14. should not T waner start O. Giroud or T.Abraham

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