It’s been a largely rough season for Chelsea.
They’ve bombed in the Premier League, and rather than looking like title contenders the Blues are locked in a bottom half of the table scrap as they struggle to rediscover their winning groove.
Wins over Aston Villa and Maccabi Tel Aviv suggested that Chelsea may have turned a corner, but then Bournemouth won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge last Saturday as a new round of crisis talks were sparked into life.
Yet while Chelsea are having a turbulent time of things, tonight it’s do or die: Jose Mourinho’s team must secure at least a point against FC Porto to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Can the Special One beat his former side? Or will Iker Casillas exert revenge on Mourinho and help Porto dump Chelsea out the competition?
John Terry and Ramires could both return for the Blues after injuries, but former Porto striker Radamel Falcao remains out of contention.
Despite his recent setbacks, Diego Costa is expected to lead Chelsea’s line against the Dragons.
The visitors, meanwhile, have a squad packed with talent. Would anyone be shocked to see Yacine Brahimi skin Branislav Ivanovic?
In a good omen for the Blues, Porto have never won a match in England, while Chelsea have won all five previous home games with Portuguese opponents.
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