Chelsea prepare to entertain Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, with high hopes of improving on their excellent record against the opposition, having taken all the points from 35 of the 53 contests.
The most recent encounter between these two sides at Stamford Bridge was just last season, in February 2007, with Chelsea running out comfortable 3-0 winners in a Premiership match.
For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here
|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2007/2008||Sat 20 Oct||Middlesbrough||0 - 2||Chelsea||PREM|
|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|
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 15 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 68 points from their 31 games. Middlesbrough see themselves just below half way in the Barclays Premier League, showing a record of 34 points from their 31 games played so far,
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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
|Chelsea||Won 4 successive home games.|
5 games since last home draw.
Unbeaten run of 4 matches.
|Middlesbrough||Previous 2 away games have finished all-square.|
Not won in previous 5 away matches.
4 games since last defeat.