Chelsea – Porto: Preview and Highest Odds

Missing Players and team news:

Chelsea are blessed with a fully-fit squad for the second leg this week, and the well-rested Thiago Silva could earn an immediate recall to the rearguard after serving a domestic suspension against Crystal Palace. With Manchester City to come in the FA Cup, Tuchel is sure to rotate his resources once again, as a reshuffle in attack could see Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and perhaps even Olivier Giroud earn starts for the second leg. N’Golo Kante has shaken off a hamstring injury and is also in contention to feature from the first whistle this week, while Edouard Mendy will hope to match Fabien Barthez’s record of winning eight consecutive Champions League matches – the current highest tally for an English club’s shot-stopper. Porto will welcome both Taremi and 19-goal midfielder Sergio Oliveira back to the squad after the two players served suspensions in the first leg, and both should earn starting roles here after coming off the bench against Tondela. As is the case with Chelsea, Porto have very few concerns on the injury front, with Diogo Costa, Ivan Marcano and Mouhamed Mbaye the only two players expected to miss out for the ‘away’ side. Moussa Marega was an unused substitute at the weekend but is certainly expected to lead the line alongside Taremi this week, while Oliveira’s return could see Marko Grujic demoted to the bench.

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