Middlesbrough vs Chelsea: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Middlesbrough will be looking to continue their excellent FA Cup campaign when they welcome Premier League side Chelsea to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday at 5:15pm (UK time).

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea: Betting Tips

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Middlesbrough vs Chelsea: Predictions

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 17/20 with William Hill
Correct score Middlesbrough 1-2 Chelsea 41/5 with SBK
First Goalscorer Hakim Ziyech 11/2 with Sky Bet

Normally when a Premier League side faces lower-league opposition in the FA Cup, even from the Championship, fans expect the top-tier side to reach the next round without much work. However, that really isn’t the case with Middlesbrough this season.

Chris Wilder’s side started their 2021/22 FA Cup run as the big boys, beating League Two side Mansfield 3-2 thanks to an injury-time own goal. But since that struggle, Middlesbrough have been brilliant. In the fourth round they went to Old Trafford and knocked Manchester United out on penalties, having come back from a goal down in normal time. They then knocked out Tottenham Hotspur thanks to a 1-0 win at the Riverside, a victory they deserved for their performance. Can they make it three Premier League scalps in a row?

Chelsea will be hoping to fare better than their fellow Premier League sides on Saturday and they will have every reason to believe they can be the ones to end Middlesbrough’s run. While things off the pitch are a bit uncertain for Chelsea, on the pitch the players have been steaming ahead. The Blues have won their past five games across all competitions since the start of March, recovering from their EFL Cup final defeat to Liverpool.

Middlesbrough are the fourth lower-league side Chelsea have played in the FA Cup this season, starting their campaign with a 5-1 win over non-league Chesterfield at Stamford Bridge. They then beat League One’s Plymouth Argyle, needing to come from behind and extra-time, before needing two comebacks to beat Championship side Luton Town.

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Middlesbrough vs Chelsea: Match Stats

While Chelsea’s defence is usually good, in the FA Cup they have been more leaky than normal. The Blues have conceded in each of their three FA Cup games this season — which, remember, have all come against lower-league sides — and haven’t kept a clean sheet in the competition since last season’s semi-final.

Matt Crooks has only recently returned from a two-game suspension in the Championship, handed out for the midfielder reaching 10 cards for the campaign. The suspension was served at the end of February but it hasn’t acted as a deterrent, with Crooks already booked twice in his four games since returning, hitting 12 yellow cards for the season (plus one red).

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea: Squawka Says

Scoreline prediction: Middlesbrough 1-2 Chelsea

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea: Odds

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea: Head to Head

8 May 2017 – Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough – Premier League

20 November 2016 – Middlesbrough 0-1 Chelsea – Premier League

27 February 2013 – Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea – FA Cup

28 January 2009 – Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough – Premier League

18 October 2008 – Middlesbrough 0-5 Chelsea – Premier League

Chelsea are currently on a right-game unbeaten run against against Middlesbrough across all competitions which includes a 2-0 win in the 2012/13 FA Cup fifth round. Middlesbrough last tasted victory in this fixture in 2006, winning back-to-back Premier League matches against a Chelsea side en route to the title and then as defending champions.


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