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Last updated : 02 December 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 Saturday afternoon, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Boro will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them taste defeat on 33 occassions, and draw 13, from the 51 games played.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was less than a year ago, in January 2005, with Chelsea running out comfortable 2 - 0 winners in a Premiership match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2004/2005Tue 04 JanChelsea2 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM
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

Recent respective form guides

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six home games, winning five of them, and drawing the other one. In this time, Blues have rattled up an impressive 19 goals, and conceded 5.

The Boro have had a decent run of form away from home recently, coming away with three points on 3 occassions, but drawing 1 and losing 2. The Boro's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 6 goals for and 5 against.

Chelsea are currently sitting proudly at the top of the entire league, having collected 37 points from the 14 games played. Middlesbrough's 19 points from 14 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 10th position.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Neither team is setting the world alight, and I think this game will result in a narrow home win for the Blues. Home win

Sequence statistics:
Chelsea Unbeaten in the last 50 home games.
Won their latest 3 matches.
Not drawn a match in their last 6 .
Middlesbrough Not won in previous 2 away matches.
5 games since last defeat.