Middlesbrough v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 20th November, 2016
Venue: Riverside Stadium
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

We’ve come through the International break just about unscathed, so today it’s back to the Premier League and a trip to the Riverside Stadium.
With five wins on the spin, we could have done without the break, whilst Boro haven’t exactly been struggling in recent games either. Whilst the form guide looks a bit hot and cold, it needs to be remembered this is a Boro side that has already given City and Arsenal a run for their money this season.
We’ll just have to hope the break hasn’t disrupted our momentum!

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka says “I think Chelsea are definitely one of the favourites for the league, especially as they are not playing Champions League football. Chelsea is another tough challenge for us. Antonio Conte is settling in the league very well but we can show once again how we can compete.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “On Sunday we know we’ll have a tough game against a strong team who drew with Arsenal and Manchester City. But I must be honest: there is this possibility, that our momentum might be stopped, so that’s why we’ve been working very hard to avoid this. It would be normal that the focus, the concentration, would be a bit lower in this situation, so we have to keep them high. I’m worried. I’m worried about keeping this level of concentration, that high intensity and right spirit. That’s why we have worked so hard in training. When you win four or five in a row, that’s what you have to think about.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Middlesbrough, Daniel Ayala (ankle) is injured and George Friend is doubtful (knee), although Gaston Ramirez returns after a one-match ban.
For Chelsea, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are both ok after minor problems during the international break and Cesc Fabregas (muscle injury) is also available for selection.

TEAMS
MIDDLESBROUGH (Possible line-up): Valdes; Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; Ramirez, Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Traore; Negredo
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Batshuayi, Willian

LAST SEASON
N/A

RECENT FORM
MIDDLESBROUGH: DLDWD
CHELSEA: WWWWW

OTHER STUFF
~ Middlesbrough have lost their last six games in all competitions against Chelsea
~ Middlesbrough have failed to score in each of their last six games against Chelsea
~ Chelsea have only lost two out of the last 17 Premier League games against Boro
~ Middlesbrough are unbeaten in three league games
~ Middlesbrough have taken four points at home this season
~ Middlesbrough have conceded just one goal in their last three league games.
~ Chelsea have won five league games in a row, scoring 16 goals without reply.
~ Chelsea have kept five consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since 2010.
~ Chelsea are 14 points better off this season after 11 games than they were at this point last season.

PREDICTION
BBC Sport: Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea
Soccerlens: Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea
Sky Sports: Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea

2 Responses to “Middlesbrough v CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea

  2. The match may look dices bt. I hope we can hv the 3 point