Middlesbrough vs. Arsenal: Premier League – Match Preview

Two sides in desperate need of a result go head to head on Monday evening as Middlesbrough entertain Arsenal.

Boro were held to a goalless draw at home by Burnley last time out, meaning they remain second bottom!

A lack of goals has been their problem for the majority of the season and it was evident again in the stalemate.

Arsenal were embarrassed away at Crystal Palace, losing 3-0 at Selhurst Park leaving their Champions League hopes in tatters.

A first half strike from Andros Townsend was added to by Yohan Cabaye and a Luka Milivojevic penalty.

Enhanced match odds

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Arsenal to beat Middlesbrough: 7/1 with Betfair*

Arsenal to beat Middlesbrough: 7/1 with Paddy Power*

Premier League form: Middlesbrough W0 D2 L3; Arsenal W1 D1 L3
Premier League top scorers
Middlesbrough – Alvaro Negredo 7 goals
Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez 18 goals

Match history
Middlesbrough earned an impressive point at the Emirates earlier in the season as the sides played out a goalless draw.

Middlesbrough have a very good record against Arsenal, suffering just one loss in the last six Premier League fixtures between the two.

Last five Premier League meetings
Arsenal 0 Middlesbrough 0 – 22/10/16
Arsenal 2 Middlesbrough 0 – 26/04/09
Middlesbrough 1 Arsenal 1 – 13/12/08
Arsenal 1 Middlesbrough 1 – 15/03/08
Middlesbrough 2 Arsenal 1 – 09/12/07

Draw HT / Arsenal FT – 7/2 with 888 Sport

Team news
Calum Chambers is ineligible to face his parent club on Monday evening.

Fabio Da Silva and Gaston Ramirez are doubts, but the latter is likely to start.

Petr Cech is likely to return for the Gunners, with Emiliano Martinez dropping out of the side.

Laurent Koscielny is another in contention, whilst Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud could be rotated in.

Expected starting XI’s
Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1): Valdes; Barragan, Bernando, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Clayton; Traore, Ramirez, Downing; Negredo
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Ramsey; Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud

Predictions

Result: Arsenal (7/1 with Paddy Power)*

Correct Score: 0-2 (15/2 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (7/2 with Betfred)

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