Chelsea vs Middlesbrough: Match Preview and Prediction
In the first leg of the EFL Cup semifinal against a hapless Middlesbrough from the Championship, Chelsea gave up an unexpected loss. Chelsea had a considerably stronger advantage over Middlesbrough going into the game, having won three straight, and the bookies gave them 1.53 odds to win.
However, Middlesbrough’s Hackney scored the only goal. Chelsea will have the advantage again on Tuesday, but they’ll be hosting. Chelsea is playing well at home; therefore, we should expect a terrific performance against Middlesbrough.
Chelsea vs Middlesbrough: Betting Analysis
Chelsea have defeated Middlesbrough nine times in ten games, so they may use recent history. Chelsea has won six straight against Middlesbrough at this venue. The hosts have scored ten goals in their last five matches against Middlesbrough at this venue.
Chelsea have recently won their home games against their Premier League rivals. Unlike their road trips, they have recently been reliable while they are at home. The team has won six straight games and is currently on an eight-game winning streak at home.
Conversely, Middlesbrough has a winning record as well, but all of those matches were against Championship opponents. We don’t see anything particularly competitive from this Middlesbrough team as compared to the hot hosts, save for their possibility of scoring one.
Moving on, Chelsea has scored over 2.5 goals in five of their previous seven home games. As said, most of the games have been against Premier League teams. Middlesbrough’s road offense consistency is also noteworthy. The visitors scored in 18 of the last 20 away games in all competitions.
Who will win the match between Chelsea and Middlesbrough?
Although it probably won’t be quite as many as they have scored against them, we believe Middlesbrough should have enough to score against this Chelsea squad. By the time the referee sounds the final whistle, we predict a very close game in which Chelsea wins.
Chelsea vs Middlesbrough: Head-to-Head
Our Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals
What are the best odds for the game?
According to the match’s betting prices on the WDW market, betting on Chelsea to win is available at 1.27, betting on the game to end all-square is 6.4, and betting on Middlesbrough to win is 10. These are the highest yields currently available.