Chelsea Target Last-Four Spot

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Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are in the driving seats of their respective Champions League quarter-final ties and will be out to finish the job on Tuesday.

Kurt Zouma was on target as Chelsea warmed up for the return leg with Porto by beating Crystal Palace 4-1 at the weekend.

Chelsea will be hoping to finish the job done against Porto on Tuesday evening and book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, while PSG and Bayern also battle it out for a spot in the last four.

The Blues hold a 2-0 advantage from the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and they should have enough quality to ensure they get the required result when they head back to Seville.

As for Tuesday’s other quarter-final, PSG are 3-2 ahead after that thrilling first leg at the Allianz Arena and they will be hopeful they can move a step closer to a first Champions League trophy.

Premier Giants to Ease Through

After going 14 games unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea suffered their first setback when being thumped 5-2 at home by relegation-threatened West Brom on April 3, a result that seemingly came out of nowhere.

However, the Blues have responded in fantastic fashion, beating Porto 2-0 in Spain in the first leg of this European affair before then seeing off Crystal Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park in the Premier League last time out.

Chelsea have rediscovered their groove quickly after that Baggies setback and they should have enough to see off Porto, who have won four of their last five matches but have failed to win against an English side away from home in the Champions League in their last 14 attempts.

The Portuguese outfit have also only won only one of their 20 Champions League knockout stage matches as the away side, drawing six and losing 13, and it is hard to look past a win for the Blues at 20/23.

With Chelsea having also kept 13 clean sheets from 17 matches under Tuchel, the 41/20 on offer for the hosts to win to nil looks like good value.

PSG to Send Champions Packing

PSG were denied a maiden Champions League trophy last season by Bayern Munich, who beat the Ligue 1 giants 1-0 in the final, but Les Parisiens can exact a measure of revenge on the European holders on Tuesday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men won the first leg 3-2 at the Allianz Arena, an end-to-end battle that showcased some of the best attacking talents in the world, and they followed that up with a 4-1 victory against Strasbourg.

France international Kylian Mbappe was on target in that league win, taking his tally to seven from his last five appearances, and he could be worth a punt at 11/10 to score anytime on Tuesday night at the Parc des Princes.

Bayern are on a two-game winless run heading into the clash, having followed up the 3-2 defeat to PSG with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Union Berlin in the Bundesliga.

Although blessed with numerous attacking options, head coach Hansi Flick is really missing top-scorer Robert Lewandowksi, who has resumed training after a knee injury but is not yet ready to return to competitive action.

Winger Serge Gnabry is also absent after he tested positive for Covid-19, but Leon Goretzka, Lucas Hernandez, Jerome Boateng and Kingsley Coman have shaken off knocks and should be available.

Bayern are sure to put up a fight and the fact they need to score at least twice, due to PSG holding three away goals, means another goal-fest could be on the cards with over 3.5 goals is available at 4/5.

For a Tuchel double, backing Chelsea and the German’s former employers, PSG, to both win their second-leg encounters is available at 9/2.

*All odds correct at time of writing.

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