FootyMAD's Arsenal match preview

Last updated : 08 April 2005 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Middlesbrough v Arsenal fixture

Middlesbrough prepare to entertain Arsenal at Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and hold the advantage on previous meetings between the two. Of the 61 games played, Boro have recorded 24 wins, and Arsenal have come away with 22 victories.

The most recent encounter between these two sides at Riverside Stadium was just last season, in February 2004, the Boro carving out a narrow 2-1 victory in a League Cup match.

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

Recent encounters between the teams:
2004/2005Sun 22 AugArsenal5 - 3MiddlesbroughPREM
2003/2004Tue 03 FebMiddlesbrough2-1ArsenalLC
2003/2004Sat 24 JanArsenal4 - 1MiddlesbroughFAC
2003/2004Tue 20 JanArsenal0 - 1MiddlesbroughLC
2003/2004Sat 10 JanArsenal4 - 1MiddlesbroughPREM
2003/2004Sun 24 AugMiddlesbrough0 - 4ArsenalPREM
2002/2003Sat 19 AprMiddlesbrough0 - 2ArsenalPREM

Recent respective form guides

Middlesbrough are not in the best of form at home, with two wins, two draws, and two defeats in their last six. The Boro's have scored 9 goals in these games, but conceded an alarming 10.

The away form of Arsenal however, is much more impressive, with 3 victories and just 1 loss from the last six. The Gunners's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 7 goals for and 5 against.

Middlesbrough's 45 points from 31 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 7th position. Arsenal sit in a healthy 2nd in the league, and have picked up 67 points from their 31 games.

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

Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Its been an indifferent run of form for the Boro of late, and things are not going to improve with the visit of Arsenal, who one believes will win this game handsomely. Away win

Sequence statistics:
Middlesbrough Been beaten in each of their previous 2 home matches.
Failed to win in previous 3 home matches.
Not drawn a match in their last 5 .
Arsenal Undefeated in last 4 away games.
Won each of the previous 5 matches.
Last drawn game 6 outings ago.