Premier League leaders Chelsea have a huge opportunity to edge closer to the domestic title with a win as they welcome a relegation threatened Middlesbrough for Monday night football. Check out here our Chelsea v Middlesbrough betting preview with predictions, betting tips, starting lineups, team news, best odds, exclusive promotions and no deposit free bets!
CHELSEA v MIDDLESBROUGH BETTING PREVIEWChelsea are four points clear of Tottenham with a game in hand meaning that Antonio Conte's men can actually lift the trophy before the Lilywhites next step onto a football pitch. Since the humbling defeat at Old Trafford against Manchester United on 16th April. Conte’s men picked up two straight wins scoring 7 goals in total. At home, the Blues have a solid record this season with 14 wins from 16 matches. They have won their last 7 matches against Middlesbrough in all competitions and ran out 1-0 winners when they visited Boro earlier this season.
Antonio Conte has revealed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has trained and will be fit to start. David Luiz and N'Golo Kante will be assessed ahead of this clash, with Nathan Ake and Cesc Fabregas ready to deputise shoud they miss. Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta look certain starters in defense as well as Diego Costa, Pedro and Eden Hazard up front. Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso should continue in the wing-back positions.
Middlesbrough secured an unlikely point against Manchester City last time out following their win against relegated Sunderland - their only victory in the last 11 matches in the Premier League. They are 19th in the league standings, six points adrift of safety. Dropping points against Chelsea on Monday will sent them back to the Championship. They have failed to win their last 16 away matches in Premier League, failing to score in 6 of the last 7. Boro have scored just 10 goals away from home in the English top flight.
Interim head coach Steve Agnew seems unlikely to make many changes for the trip to Stamfrod Bridge. Cristhian Stuani and Stewart Downing could again flank central striker Alvaro Negredo in attack, with Rudy Gestede and Adama Traore provide the main alternatives. At the back, Fabio, Calum Chambers, Ben Gibson and George Friend are all expected to keep their starting berths while Marten De Roon, Adam Clayton and Adam Forshaw are likely to start in the middle of the park. Daniel Ayala, Victor Valdes and Grant Leadbitter all remain doubts.
CHELSEA v MIDDLESBROUGH PROBABLE LINEUPS
Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Cahill, David Luiz, Azpilicueta; Marcos Alonso, Moses, Kantè, Matic; Hazard, Pedro, Diego Costa
Middlesbrough (4-3-3): Guzan; Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw; Downing, Negredo, Stuani
CHELSEA v MIDDLESBROUGH ODDS
|CHELSEA||5.00 with||Bet £10, win £50.00|
|THE DRAW||8.50 with||Bet £10, win £85.00|
|MIDDLESBROUGH||21.00 with||Bet £10, win £210.00|
CHELSEA v MIDDLESBROUGH PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Chelsea to win||5.00|
|3-0 Correct Score||7.00|
|Diego Costa to score anytime||7.00|
|Any goal to be scored||21.00|
|A Yellow Card to be shown||13.00|
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