Middlesbrough v Chelsea: Patchy home record makes Blues bankers of the weekend

Middlesbrough v Chelsea: Patchy home record makes Blues bankers of the weekend

Last Result:

Man City 1-1 MIDDLESBROUGH – Marten de Roon

CHELSEA 5-0 Everton – Eden Hazard (1st goalscorer) x2, Marcos Alonso, Diego Costa, Pedro

Kick Off: 16.00, 20/11/2016

Stadium: Riverside Stadium

TV: Sky Sports 1

Head-to-head: Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 0-5 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea


Middlesbrough: Out – None

Doubt – Daniel Ayala, George Friend

Chelsea: Out – Diego Costa, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Doubt – Eden Hazard, Kurt Zouma, Cesc Fabregas

True Form:

The wide gap between these sides on True Form suggests Chelsea are good value even at odds on

Recommended Bets:

* Chelsea to beat Middlesbrough @ 8/15

* Eden Hazard to score the first goal @ 9/2

* Pedro to score at any time @ 8/5

Key Stats:

* Middlesbrough have lost three of their five Premier League home matches so far this term, while Chelsea have won three of five away games

* Eden Hazard has scored five goals in Chelsea’s past four top-flight fixtures, with two of his last three openers

* Pedro has scored twice in his past three starts for Chelsea

A Look At Middlesbrough’s Betting Odds

There’s no doubt Boro have undergone a mini-renaissance over the last five Premier League gameweeks, losing just once since September and grabbing points away to title-chasing pair Arsenal and Manchester City.

A 2-0 Riverside win against Bournemouth at the end of last month proved a tasty filling sandwiched between those high-profile draws, but that was Aitor Karanka’s crowd’s first triumph in front of the faithful since beating Reading 2-1 in mid-April.

Arsenal v Middlesbrough odds
Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough have largely struggled at home this season

Boro are 5/1 to beat Antonio Conte’s visitors.

A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds

Those who predicted the quick demise of Conte following the west Londoners’ 3-0 loss at Arsenal have been embarrassed by the Italian leading his side to five Premier League wins on the spin since at an astonishing combined scoreline of 18-0, with Man Utd and Everton hammered along the way.

Southampton went down 2-0 at home to the Blues after previously going unbeaten at St Mary’s under Claude Puel, winning their previous five in all competitions on their own turf, showing Conte and co are no respecters of reputations.

The visitors may not have it quite as easy as in recent weeks, with Boro bagging in four of their five Riverside clashes so far in the campaign, but 8/15 about Chelsea looks like buying money.