Porto v Chelsea tips – can Blues win the Champions League under Tuchel?

Thomas Tuchel began the 2020/21 season hoping to go one better in the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain, although the German parted company with the French champions a few months ago and now finds himself in charge of a Chelsea team who are also in the last eight stage of the competition.

Tuchel’s impact on the Blues squad has been immeasurable and the fact that the London side were able to get the better of Atletico Madrid in the previous round of the competition means that they’re well placed to go deep in the Champions League.

Chelsea Massive Favourites to Reach UCL Semis

As soon as the Champions League draw was made, the bookies were quick to make Chelsea one of the Champions League favourites on the outright football market, with the Blues getting a favourable tie against Porto in theory, while they also avoided several big guns in the other half of the draw including Manchester City and Bayern Munich.

Several leading football betting sites make Chelsea a best price 4/11 to go through and there’s plenty to like about a squad brimming with talent, with Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante among those players who are enjoying a new lease of life, with Tuchel making the defence pretty watertight as Atletico found to their cost.

Perhaps there’s a danger of thinking this will be plain sailing for Chelsea against a team who dumped Juventus out of the Champions League last sixteen stage, with the bookies offering a best price even money about the visitors leaving Portugal with an advantage before the battle is renewed at Stamford Bridge.

Can Porto Claim Another Champions League Scalp?

Porto are a team that merit respect considering that they claimed a 2-1 win over Juventus at the Estadio do Dragao before somehow managing to land an aggregate victory in a tense second leg encounter which saw Sérgio Conceição’s fire an essential second away goal during extra-time despite the fact that they were reduced to ten men at the time.

This first leg clash is an opportunity to try and get a first leg advantage and they might thrive due to the fact that they are underdogs for this match, with the bookies offering a best price 16/5 about a victory for Porto and they scored a total of four goals against Juve, which means that Sérgio Oliveira and company can make an impact.

What Are the Best Bets for Porto v Chelsea?

Virtually every bookie is going odds-on about Chelsea winning this match, although we would tread carefully when backing the Blues at short prices considering they have the stronger squad of players. Ultimately, this is isn’t a match that Tuchel’s side need to win and they took a safety-first approach at the Wanda Metropolitano in the last round.

Incredibly, in Chelsea’s previous ten matches in all competitions, there have been no more than two goals scored in each game and Under 2.5 Goals is definitely worth a second look at 4/6 with some football betting sites, with Porto clearly keen to avoid shipping an away goal considering how tough their opponents are from a defensive point-of-view.

You could potentially push things and Under 1.5 Goals is trading at 11/5 and that would mean you could look at covering a number of correct score options, although a 1-0 victory in favour of Chelsea is the best option on the market and that is trading at 11/2.

The Both Teams to Score betting market will be a popular option and a great ploy could be to bet on the “No” option which covers a win to nil from either side along with the goalless draw. The betting odds of 10/11 that this happens makes plenty of appeal.

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