Chelsea face a trip to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon, hoping to improve upon an average previous return from this fixture. Of the 53 games played, Blues have recorded 11 wins, and Middlesbrough have come away with 26 victories.
The most recent encounter between these two sides was just last season, in August 2006, the Boro carving out a narrow 2 - 1 victory in a Premiership match.
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|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2006/2007||Sat 10 Feb||Chelsea||3 - 0||Middlesbrough||PREM|
|2006/2007||Wed 23 Aug||Middlesbrough||2 - 1||Chelsea||PREM|
|2005/2006||Sat 11 Feb||Middlesbrough||3 - 0||Chelsea||PREM|
|2005/2006||Sat 03 Dec||Chelsea||1 - 0||Middlesbrough||PREM|
|2004/2005||Tue 04 Jan||Chelsea||2 - 0||Middlesbrough||PREM|
|2004/2005||Sat 25 Sep||Middlesbrough||0 - 1||Chelsea||PREM|
|2003/2004||Sat 10 Apr||Chelsea||0 - 0||Middlesbrough||PREM|
Recent respective form guides
Middlesbrough have been playing quite well at home, winning 3, drawing 2, and losing just 1. A total of 12 goals have been scored by the Boro in those games, with 7 conceded.
The Blues have had a decent run of form away from home recently, coming away with three points on 3 occasions, but drawing 1 and losing 2. The Blues's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 8 goals for and 6 against.
Middlesbrough find themselves struggling down in 15th position in the league having picked up 8 points from their 9 matches. Chelsea's 15 points from 9 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 7th position.
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FootyMad's prediction ...
Chelsea are not doing too bad on their travels, and I think they should continue by carving out a narrow victory at Middlesbrough. Away win
|Middlesbrough||Unbeaten in the last 4 home games.|
Latest 3 games ended in defeat.
Not won in the 5 most recent games.
|Chelsea||3 successive away victories.|
6 games since last away draw.
5 games since last defeat.