Who will lift the trophy in Istanbul? Eight teams remain in the hunt for Europe’s premier club competition and the battle starts this week with some great games to watch and bet on. By far the best 2 matchups are Bayern Munich vs. Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid vs. Liverpool. But our banker of the week comes from FC Porto vs. Chelsea. Here’s a complete preview of the game, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
FC Porto vs. Chelsea
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 – 03:00 PM EDT at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
West Brom ended Thomas Tuchel’s 14-match unbeaten streak last weekend beating them 5-2. Thiago Silva's early red card, the return from the international break, the Champions League upcoming match, Timo Werner misfiring, are all part of this shocking defeat.
Timo Werner’s lack of scoring is probably the most important issue right now for Chelsea. The Blues scored just 13 times in their last 11 Premier League games, that’s worrying given the fact they have such strong attacking firepower, with Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz combined for the majority of the $304 million spending spree in the last big transfer window, but all three are yet to deliver and show what they are capable of.
This is Champions League, the best club competition in the world, nothing to do with domestic games or cup games. The time has come for Tuchel to make some big decisions. And he already showed has smart he is in the last round when Chelsea knocked out Atletico Madrid, one of the most organized teams and one of the best defensive sides in Europe.
The game against FC Porto should be a bounce back moment, a positive response from the weekend’s big slap in the face.
On the other side, FC Porto have marched to three consecutive victories in their domestic league since their amazing 2-legged tie against Juventus. But let’s not forget that Juventus played that tie being in the worst form of the season. That doesn’t take from Porto’s amazing team effort and fighting spirit, something that we miss lately at this level. The energy, the desire, the confidence is at high levels for the Dragons.
Unfortunately, FC Porto won’t play the 1st leg of this tie on their turf. Both legs of this Champions League quarterfinal tie will be played in Seville, at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
For Chelsea it's almost guaranteed that Mason Mount comes back into the XI, which is a great news for the fans.
Porto are almost never blown away in games and they will definitely approach this game very defensively and try to strike on the break. The odds suggest a low-scoring game but still, Porto are huge underdogs being priced at +420. Again, we are going against the odds. We don’t necessarily expect a high-scoring affair, but we think that Chelsea, a wounded animal right now after what happened on the pitch but also outside the pitch, will bounce back and win this encounter.
Yes, on the show my pick was (and still is) Chelsea to win the match at -130 (1.77) with BetOnline. The odds were way better yesterday when we filmed the show, that’s why for the banker of the week I’m taking something totally different.
I expect Chelsea to come strong and very determined and score at least 2 goals on their own. Why not, maybe Timo Werner will also find the back of the net.
Free Soccer Pick: Chelsea TT Over 1.5 goals at -110 (1.91) at Intertops (Visit our Intertops Review)