FootyMAD's Middlesbrough match preview

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History of the Chelsea v Middlesbrough fixture

Chelsea prepare to entertain Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, with high hopes of improving on their excellent record against the opposition, having taken all the points from 34 of the 52 contests.

The most recent encounter between these two sides at Stamford Bridge was just last season, in December 2005, the Blues carving out a narrow 1-0 victory in a Premiership match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2006/2007Wed 23 AugMiddlesbrough2 - 1ChelseaPREM
2005/2006Sat 11 FebMiddlesbrough3 - 0ChelseaPREM
2005/2006Sat 03 DecChelsea1-0MiddlesbroughPREM
2004/2005Tue 04 JanChelsea2 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM
2004/2005Sat 25 SepMiddlesbrough0 - 1ChelseaPREM
2003/2004Sat 10 AprChelsea0 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM
2003/2004Sun 05 OctMiddlesbrough1 - 2ChelseaPREM

Recent respective form guides

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six home games, winning five of them, and drawing the other one. In this time, Blues have rattled up an impressive 22 goals, and conceded 3.

Middlesbrough have an average recent record on the road, losing only 1 of the last six, but drawing 4 of them. The Boro's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 7 goals for and 6 against.

Chelsea sit in a healthy 2nd in the league, and have picked up 57 points from their 26 games. Middlesbrough see themselves just below half way in the Barclays Premiership, showing a record of 32 points from their 26 games played so far,

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP
Chelsea650115215
Middlesbrough633015812

FootyMad's prediction ...

Chelsea may be coming up against a decent side in Middlesbrough, but I do believe that its going to result in a narrow home win for the Blues. Home Win

Sequence statistics:
Chelsea Won 5 successive home games.
6 games since last home draw.
Won their latest 4 matches.
Not drawn a match in their last 6 .
Middlesbrough Previous 2 away games have finished all-square.
Not won in previous 2 away matches.
Drawn each of the last 3 games.
No win in the 3 most recent games.