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Last updated : 03 January 2005 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Chelsea v Middlesbrough fixture

Middlesbrough face a trip to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Boro will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 31 and win only 5 of the 49 games.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was less than a year ago, in April 2004, when they played out a goalless draw in a Premiership match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2004/2005Sat 25 SepMiddlesbrough0 - 1ChelseaPREM
2003/2004Sat 10 AprChelsea0 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM
2003/2004Sun 05 OctMiddlesbrough1 - 2ChelseaPREM
2002/2003Sat 04 JanChelsea1 - 0MiddlesbroughFAC
2002/2003Sat 14 DecMiddlesbrough1 - 1ChelseaPREM
2002/2003Sat 16 NovChelsea1 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM
2001/2002Sat 27 AprMiddlesbrough0 - 2ChelseaPREM

Recent respective form guides

Chelsea are in decent form at home, having won four and drawn two of their last six games, These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 12 goals for the Blues, with 2 goals against.

In complete contrast to Chelsea, Middlesbrough are having a torrid time on their travels, accumulating just 1 victory and 1 draw from their last six played. While the Boro have hit 4 goals, 11 have hit the back of the wrong net.

Chelsea are currently sitting proudly at the top of the entire league, having collected 52 points from the 21 games played. Middlesbrough find themselves in a respectable 5th position, courtesy of the 35 points they have accumulated from 21 games.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

FootyMad see this game edging towards a narrow win for the Blues, as the Boro have been none too clever on the road in recent matches. Home win

Sequence statistics:
Chelsea Won 3 successive home games.
4 games since last home draw.
Won their latest 4 matches.
Not drawn a match in their last 4 .
Middlesbrough Not won in previous 4 away matches.
Last drawn game 6 outings ago.