FootyMAD's Middlesbrough match preview

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History of the Middlesbrough v Chelsea fixture

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.

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

Recent encounters between the teams:
2006/2007Sat 10 FebChelsea3 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM
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

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.

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

Current form guides:PWDLFAP
Middlesbrough61145124
Chelsea63218411

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

Sequence statistics:
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.