Chelsea have won all five home games with Portuguese opponents: a sixth would ensure they finish first in Group G and leave Porto third should Dynamo Kyiv win again.
FC Porto’s surprise defeat at home to FC Dynamo Kyiv on matchday five has made it a three-way fight for UEFA Champions League Group G’s two qualifying spots and Chelsea FC will be banking on home advantage to carry them through – they have won all five games against Portuguese visitors.
On 29 September Porto made it a miserable return to the Estádio do Dragão for José Mourinho as goals either side of half-time from André André and Maicon inflicted a 2-1 defeat, Willian having levelled just before the break.
Chelsea’s 4-0 win at Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC last time out put them on top of the section with ten points, the same as Porto; Dynamo are two behind.
The winner of this game wins the group; Porto will top it with a draw should Dynamo not win at home to Maccabi. If Dynamo win and this game is drawn, Chelsea finish second and Porto go into the UEFA Europa League.
Previous meetings
Porto’s victory in the reverse fixture was only their second in seven encounters; Chelsea have won four, including the previous three, each by a one-goal margin.
They faced each other in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage when Chelsea came out on top home and away: both by 1-0 with Nicolas Anelka on target each time in the second half.
Two years before, in the first knockout round, Chelsea held on for a 1-1 draw in Portugal before winning 2-1 at home.
In the 2004/05 group stage, Mourinho’s first season with Chelsea having left Porto after guiding them to their 2004 UEFA Champions League triumph, Chelsea won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge while Porto prevailed 2-1 at home.
Match background
The London club began their 14th group stage campaign with a 4-0 home win over Maccabi. They bounced back from their loss at Porto by drawing 0-0 away and winning 2-1 at home against Dynamo, before another 4-0 triumph against Maccabi in Israel in their last fixture.
Last year Chelsea took seven points from their three home group games, winning their section for the ninth time in their last 12 campaigns. They finished runners-up in two other years and were eliminated in the group stage only once, in 2012/13.
Chelsea’s record against Portuguese clubs is W9 D1 L2. They beat Benfica in the 2013 UEFA Europa League final when Branislav Ivanović’s header in the last minute of added time earned a 2-1 win at the Amsterdam ArenA.
Mourinho lifted the UEFA Champions League with Porto (2004) and FC Internazionale Milano (2010) and is bidding to become the first head coach to win the European Cup with three different teams.