Chelsea’s season hangs in the balance as they head into this home tie with Porto on matchday 6 of the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho’s job is coming under increasing threat, and, while the league campaign looks set for disaster, a Champions League run might be the Special One’s only way of keeping Roman Abramovich away.
Porto, Mourinho’s ex-club, hold a fond place in the Chelsea boss’ heart, but a defeat here could finally spell the end of Mourinho’s second tenure at Stamford Bridge. Assuming that other results go against the English champions, they must not fall to another home defeat tonight, or they will fall into the ignominy of the Europa League.
Chelsea’s form may be poor, but the biggest occasions are usually the best reflection of the real quality of a side.
Here are some stats to get you thinking before kick off:
Porto have never kept a clean sheet against Chelsea – they have met 7 times previously.
Porto have travelled to England 16 times previously but have failed to win yet, having only ever managed two draws. The Portuguese side have also failed to score in four of their five previous visits to the UK.
Chelsea have only lost one of their last 37 group stage Champions League matches at Stamford Bridge.
Team to face Porto: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2015
— FC Porto (@FCPorto) December 9, 2015