CHELSEA head to Portugal in search of another three Champions League points. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) previews the match odds for us.
Porto v Chelsea | Tuesday 19:45 | Sky Sports 1
The fact that Chelsea are as big as 13/5 to win this match gives you an indication of just how far they’ve fallen out of favour in recent weeks. Is that the right price though?
After victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv and Arsenal, their perhaps was a suspicion that the horrors of those early few weeks of the season may be behind them but Saturday proved otherwise. 2-0 down to hitherto hapless Newcastle, the Blues recovered to draw the game 2-2 and save face.
Their opponents on Tuesday look a real test as Jose Mourinho’s former side Porto host at the Dragao. Julen Lopetegui’s side went further than Chelsea in last season’s Champions League and are top and unbeaten in their own league this season.
After failing to get out the group in 2013/14, Porto massively stepped up last season by winning Group H with four wins and two draws from their six matches. Seven points out of nine were accrued at home and the only slip was a draw against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Dragao.
In the knockout rounds Basle were smashed up 4-0 in Portugal and even the mighty Bayern Munich had their lederhosen taken down in a 3-1 win for Lopetegui’s side. It’s a fearsome record for sure!
The bookmakers clearly have a lot of belief in Porto as they’re as short as 5/4 to win here. At the prices I’m willing to take a chance on Chelsea getting something here.
Perhaps the sanctuary of the Champions League can prove a welcome distraction from the stress of the Premier League? Perhaps the pressure will be a little less intense than in recent weeks? There are much better bets in the Champions League this week but I’m willing to back the draw at 23/10 with Bet365.
Porto v Chelsea – Draw (23/10 Bet365)
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