Chelsea vs. Middlesbrough: Premier League – Match Preview

Chelsea can move to within one win of the Premier League title if they beat relegation threatened Middlesbrough on Monday evening.

The Blues eased past Everton last time out, winning 3-0 at Goodison Park with Pedro scoring the pick of the bunch.

Tottenham’s defeat away at West Ham United on Friday evening, means Chelsea just require six points for the title.

Middlesbrough earned a decent point at home to Manchester City, with Alvaro Negredo among the scorers against his old side.

Despite the result they remain in big danger and are six points from safety with three games remaining.

Premier League form: Chelsea W4 D0 L1; Middlesbrough W1 D2 L2
Premier League top scorers
Chelsea – Diego Costa 19 goals
Middlesbrough – Alvaro Negredo 9 goals

Enhanced match odds

Chelsea to beat Middlesbrough: 5/1 with Paddy Power*

Diego Costa to score anytime: 6/1 with 888 Sport*

Chelsea to beat Middlesbrough: 25/1 with Betfair*

Match history
The league meeting between the pair earlier in the season saw Chelsea record a narrow 1-0 win at the Riverside.

Chelsea have an excellent recent record against Boro, winning the last seven in all competitions without conceding.

Last five Premier League meetings
Middlesbrough 0 Chelsea 1 – 20/11/16
Chelsea 2 Middlesbrough 0 – 28/01/09
Middlesbrough 0 Chelsea 5 – 18/10/08
Chelsea 1 Middlesbrough 0 – 30/03/08
Middlesbrough 0 Chelsea 2 – 20/10/07

Chelsea to nil – 8/11 with Sky Bet

Team news
The trio of Thiabut Courtois, David Luiz and N’Golo Kante are doubts for Monday’s fixture but are all likely to start.

Cesc Fabregas is likely to start ahead of Nemanja Matic in an otherwise familiar XI.

Gaston Ramirez was left out of the Boro squad to face Manchester City and is unlikely to be involved.

Middlesbrough are likely to name the same side that drew with Pep Guardiola’s men.

Expected starting XI’s
Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard
Middlesbrough (4-3-3): Guzan; Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw; Downing, Negredo, Stuani

Predictions

Result: Chelsea (25/1 with Betfair)*

Correct Score: 3-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

Anytime Goalscorer: Diego Costa (6/1 with 888 Sport)*

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