There was only one premier league game on Sunday afternoon as Chelsea visited river side stadium to take on Middlesbrough hoping to go top of the table with a win. However they found a very stubborn Middlesbrough side who made it difficult for them to breakdown but Antonio Conte’s men eventually took the lead just before the break whe Diego Costa scored his 10th goal of the season.
Match Highlights (English)
Middlesbrough 0-1 Chelsea Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 ]
41′ 0 – 1 Diego Costa put Chelsea in lead just before the break after a difficult start to the game by london outfit.
Chelsea come into this game on the back of winning 5 consecutive games while Middlesrbough has only won one in that period however they did got respectful draws against Arsenal and Manchester City. Manager Aitor Karanka will be hoping to celebrate this three years at the club with a positive result against a dangerous looking Chelsea side. But this Chelsea team is a different animal all together and with both Costa and Hazard fit to start, London outfit will go into the game favourites to take all three points.
Team News & Lineups: Middlesrbough will be without Ayala and Friend for Chelsea fixture and Karanka is likely to start with Negredo upfront on his own while Stuard Downing, Stuani and Traore to play in attacking roles ahead of De Roon and Foreshaw.
Chelsea on the other hand will be lineup up with their successful 3-4-3 system where Costa, Pedro and Hazard to start upfront while Mosses, Matic, Kante and Alonso to start in 4 man midfield. Cahill, Azpilicueta and David Luis to start in three man defense. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Sunday evening.
Predictions: Hard to see anything other than a Chelsea win here on Sunday Specially with both Costa and Hazard starting upfront. Middlesbrough do have tendancy to up their game against big teams but this Chelsea side is well rested and come with a clinical edge and I see them getting all three points this weekend.