Chelsea are in the box seats as they aim to finish the Uefa Champions League quarter-final job against FC Porto on Tuesday at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
The Blues took a commanding lead in their bid to reach the UCL last four a week ago when they came away from Sevilla with a 2-0 victory, with both ties switched to the Spanish city thanks to Covid-19 restrictions.
Thomas Tuchel’s side had endured a rough few days going into the first leg in Spain, suffering a shock home defeat to lowly West Brom in the English Premier League, followed by a training ground bust up involving defender Antonio Rudiger.
But Mason Mount put that in the rear-view mirror with his opening goal just after the half-hour mark.
Ben Chilwell added a welcome second five minutes before full time to put the EPL club firmly in command.
The Portuguese side now have it all to do if they are to seal a semi-final clash with either Real Madrid or Liverpool.
Chelsea have the rare luxury by this stage of the campaign of a fully fit squad to pick from for the second half of the contest.
Veteran Thiago Silva served a domestic ban at the weekend so is well rested, while N’Golo Kante has successfully recovered from a hamstring problem.
Mehdi Taremi and Sergio Oliveira are both available for Porto having missed the first leg defeat through suspension.
Diogo Costa and Mouhamed Mbaye are both absent for coach Sergio Conceicao as he attempts to mastermind a huge turnaround.
Chelsea vs FC Porto: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained😕The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Chelsea vs FC Porto: UCL starting XI prediction
Probable Chelsea Starting XI: Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Olivier Giroud.
Probable FC Porto Starting XI: Agustin Marchesin, Wilson Manafa, Chancel Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu Sanusi, Corona, Mateus Uribe, Sergio Oliveira, Otavio, Mehdi Taremi, Moussa Marega.