FootyMAD's Middlesbrough match preview

Last updated : 17 October 2008 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Middlesbrough v Chelsea fixture

Chelsea face a trip to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium at lunchtime on Saturday, hoping to improve upon an average previous return from this fixture. Of the 54 games played, Blues have recorded 12 wins, and Middlesbrough have come away with 26 victories.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was less than a year ago, in October 2007, as the visitors ran out cosy 0 - 2 winners in a Premier League match.

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

Recent encounters between the teams:
2007/2008Sun 30 MarChelsea1 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM
2007/2008Sat 20 OctMiddlesbrough0 - 2ChelseaPREM
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

Recent respective form guides

Middlesbrough have an excellent home record, winning five and losing just one of the last six games. In this time, Boro have rattled up an impressive 19 goals, and conceded 5.

Chelsea's away form is equally impressive, remaining unbeaten in their last six, winning five and drawing the one. The Blues have put away 12 chances in these games, a let in just 1.

Middlesbrough see themselves just below half way in the Barclays Premier League, showing a record of 9 points from their 7 games played so far, Chelsea are currently sitting proudly at the top of the entire league, having collected 17 points from the 7 games played.

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

Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Chelsea are in great form out on the road, so much so that the Madmen confidently predict a comfortable three points from their visit to Middlesbrough. Away win

Sequence statistics:
Middlesbrough 8 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 13 .
Chelsea Undefeated in last 10 away games.
21 games since last defeat.