Chelsea will be looking to continue their resurgence when they meet Middlesbrough at the Riverside Arena on Sunday. The Blues have been in good form after early stuttering and have climbed up to 2nd place, while Boro are 15th in the table.
The away team are in a rich vein of form as they have won their last 5 league matches, while Middlesbrough have managed just a single victory in their last 5 games.
Chelsea may well be without Diego Costa who is still recovering from his injury. Also return of Cesc Fabregas may be delayed due to match fitness issues. Zouma and Van Ginkel are both out as well for the home side. The home side are without Daniel Ayala who has an ankle problem.
Aitor Karanka will be hoping for a better display against Chelsea as his team have done well against the big boys. Chelsea on the other hand will be relishing for a fit again Diego Costa and Eden Hazard pair to dismantle the home side defense. Calum Chambers, the on loan defender from Arsenal will be an important part of the Boro side as he will have to contain the Chelsea attackers. The flanks of Middlesbrough can cause trouble for the full backs of Chelsea and Downing, Traore along with Stuani will have to deliver the balls to Negredo up front. Another promising plot can be Ben Gibson’s duel with Costa if the Spaniard plays. Antonio Conte with his new tactics have rejuvenated a depleted Chelsea side and will be eyeing another away win.
- Middlesbrough are without a goal in their last 5 matches against Chelsea, loosing all of them.
- Blues lost against Middlesbrough last time in 2006.
- Eden Hazard will be making his 150th appearance for Chelsea.
- 5 of last 7 goals of the home team has come from crosses.
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