Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Chelsea vs FC Porto - Competition: UEFA Champions League

Chelsea team are 2nd in the UCL table with 10 points, level on points with FC Porto and two points clear of of Dynamo Kiev. A win for the Blues guarantees them top spot in the group, while the Portuguese outfit would have to hope for a Dynamo Kyiv loss in order to progress. A draw would send both Chelsea and Porto through to the knockout stages, if the Ukrainians also manage to lose. A draw at Stamford Bridge and a Dynamo Kiev win would see FC Porto drop into the Europa League.
The Blues are heading into this clash after another loss domestically as they fell 1-0 to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. That defeat leaves Mourinho's men hovering just above the relegation zone in 14th position - 14 points off fourth-placed Man United and just 2 points clear of the bottom three.
Courtois, who was back in the starting line-up against the Cherries, is expected to remain between the sticks. John Terry looks to have recovered from an ankle injury and could start in defense. Diego Costa is likely to lead the line and this means that Eden Hazard will play in his usual position. Ramires and Radamel Falcao reamin out through injury.
Porto team enter this fixture after a 2-1 victory in the league over Pacos de Ferreira, their third consecutive domestic win. The win extended their unbeaten run in the Portuguese league to 12 matches. The Dragoes are currently two points off the pace in the Primeira Liga and had scored at least twice in going unbeaten in their first four games in this UEFA Champions League campaign.
Julen Lopetegui doesn't have many absentees to worry about as Pablo Osvaldo and Andre Silva are the only players sidelined. He will be expected to name his strongest XI with Andrè, Aboubakar and Brahimi up front and Thiago Neves, Pereira and Imbula in midfield.
FC Porto have never kept a clean sheet against the Blues in 7 previous direct encounters. Anyway, they won the reverse match at the Estadio do Dragao in September as goals from Andre Andre and Maicon cancelled out Willian's free kick to hand Porto a 2-1 win.

Date: Wednesday, 09 December 2015 - Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, United Kingdom

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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