Chelsea can firm their grip on Premier League title this Monday night when they take on Middlesbroug and three points here will put them 7 clear in the title race with only 3 more games to play for. Chelsea host Boro at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, 08 May 2017 and the game will kickoff at around 20:00 uk time. A defeat for Middlesbrough will almost ensure relegation and that makes it an exciting game.
Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough Highlights
[ English Premier League 2017 Match ]
23′ 1 – 0 Diego Costa scored in just 23rd minute of the game to put Chelsea 1-0 up at Stamford Bridge.
34′ 2 – 0 Marcos Alonso made it 2-0 with a superb near post shot and pretty much settled the game.
65′ 3 – 0 Nemanja Matic scored midway through second half to make it 3-0.
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.