Chelsea vs. Porto
Tuesday, April 13, 8:00 PM Kick-Off at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
Chelsea travels to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for their second leg quarter-final UCL clash against Porto, with all the confidence behind them following their first leg 2-0 victory.
Repeat Performance on the Cards for 'The Blues'
Thomas Tuchel bounced back in emphatic style following his first Premier League domestic loss; a comfortable 2-0 victory against Porto in the first leg now sees the home advantage heavily favouring Chelsea because of their two away goal lead.
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell took the glory in the neutral venue, and although a Stamford Bridge appearance was off the cards, they managed to perform with foundational contempt as if they were at home.
61% of the game's possession left Porto without much hope, a counterattacking style was forced, and although the Portuguese side created plenty of chances – a finish was not on the table.
Form, Mentality, UCL Odds and Trends
- Chelsea has remained undefeated in all 9 Champions League matches this term.
- Tuchel is undefeated from all 8 of his away fixtures as Chelsea's manager.
- Chelsea has won their previous five away games in the Champions League.
- Under 2.5 goals have been scored in Chelsea's previous 4 Champions League away fixtures.
- Porto has lost three of their previous eight games in all competitions.
Final Thoughts and UCL Betting Tips
The available odds-on backing Chelsea for another win is reasonable and worth a punt at 1.90 across some bookmakers; however, we believe that Thomas Tuchel's ability to form a defensive wall will be the key in Chelsea's progress into the semi-finals.
Under 2.5 goals holds significant value and a more reasonable price than tipping Chelsea for the straight victory.
Keep a close eye on Mason Mount, who has seemingly evolved his style of play since, under the wing of Thomas Tuchel; I would not be surprised to see the young star get himself on the scoreline once again.
Score Prediction: Porto 0 – Chelsea 1
Betting Prediction: Under 2.5 goals at 1.90 [-110] at Bet365 1.10u wager returns 1u (visit our Bet365 Review)
Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City
Wednesday, April 14, 08:00 PM Kick-Off at Signal Iduna Park
Manchester's City travels to Germany in attempts to claim another victory after last week's 2-1 first-leg success.
Can City Look Past the Terrifying Yellow Wall at Signal Iduna Park?
As the intelligent man that he is, Pep Guardiola, decided to leave his critical players from Manchester City's weekend EPL clash with Leeds United. And although the result seemed shocking to some, the domestic title is all but secured, and now the Spanish mastermind can put most of his focus on claiming his first UCL trophy under the sky-blue flag of Manchester.
The first leg meeting between these two sides was a thrilling encounter. If Jude Bellingham's disallowed goal was put through, Dortmund could have exited the Etihad stadium with two away goals and an all-important lead.
With that said, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Kevin de Bruyne, Ruben Dias, Rodri and Riyad Mahrez will enter the midweek clash with fresh legs and a well-rested City squad could cause more damage than their last time out.
Form, mentality, UCL Odds and Trends
- Manchester City has not lost a single game during this year's UCL campaign.
- Manchester City has won four straight games in the Champions League.
- Borussia Dortmund has avoided defeat in seven of their previous eight UCL fixtures.
Final Thoughts and Champions League Betting Tips
Let us be honest, Borussia Dortmund does not know how to slow down, and with the one away goal in toe, we should expect them to begin firing from the first whistle, in attempts to punish the English side early on.
I have a funny feeling that fans will be on the edge of their seats for the entirety of this fixture's ninety minutes, and a goal-fest does not seem unlikely.
Score Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2 – Manchester City 3
Betting Prediction: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals 1.75 [-133] at William Hill 1.33u wager returns 1u (visit our William Hill Review)