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Chelsea v Middlesbrough: Predictions, team news, stats & more

Chelsea are in good form at home and they need another strong performance at Stamford Bridge in order to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit in their EFL Cup semi-final tie against Middlesbrough.

Chelsea v Middlesbrough Odds

Chelsea - 2/9
Draw - 6/1
Middlesbrough - 10/1

Chelsea v Middlesbrough Information

  • Where is Chelsea v Middlesbrough? Stamford Bridge, London
  • When is Chelsea v Middlesbrough? 20:00 GMT, Tuesday 23rd January
  • Where can I watch Chelsea v Middlesbrough? Sky Sports Football & Main Event

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 Chelsea v Middlesbrough Predictions

Draw-Chelsea Half Time/Full Time - 3/1

Middlesbrough were frustrated by underdogs Rotherham in Saturday's 1-1 Championship draw at the Riverside Stadium and Boro will be aiming to do the same to Chelsea in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie.

Michael Carrick's men were huge outsiders for the trophy at the start of the semi-finals, with Premier League Liverpool and Fulham also reaching the last four, but a 1-0 home win in the first leg has given them something to defend at Stamford Bridge.

Boro were grateful for some sloppy Chelsea finishing at the Riverside, where they had less than 30 per cent of possession and six shots to the Blues' 18.

One of those shots, crucially, was a 37th-minute goal from Hayden Hackney and Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted after the game, not for the first time this season, that "we were not clinical enough".

The Blues are just 2/9 to win the second leg in 90 minutes but the draw-Chelsea selection is a more appealing price in the Half Time/Full Time market.

Chelsea have been level at half-time in three of their last four home wins, against Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Preston, and they needed a 45th-minute Cole Palmer penalty to break down Fulham in this month's 1-0 league win. 

Under 2.5 Goals - 17/10

With a 1-0 first-leg lead to defend, the Teessiders are unlikely to take any unnecessary risks at Stamford Bridge and under 2.5 goals looks a big price.

Chelsea's lack of cutting edge in front of goal has hampered them all season long and they managed only three shots on target, one of them Palmer's penalty, against Fulham last time out.

Only one of Chelsea's five EFL Cup ties this season have featured over 2.5 goals and that was their 2-1 home win over AFC Wimbledon of League Two.

Their last 12 League Cup games against Premier League or Championship teams all ended with under 2.5 goals and Middlesbrough will be hoping to keep the goal tally down in west London.

Matt Crooks To Be Booked - 12/5

Only three players made more tackles in the first leg than Middlesbrough forward Matt Crooks and he should have plenty of defending from the front to do at Stamford Bridge.

Crooks was booked in his first two EFL Cup appearances this season, against Huddersfield and Bolton, and he has picked up five yellow cards in 18 Championship starts in 2023/24.

Three of those cards came against three of the strongest teams in the second division - Leicester, Ipswich and Leeds - and the 30-year-old is worth backing to collect another caution against a Chelsea side expected to dominate possession again.

Chelsea team news

Striker Nicolas Jackson is at the Africa Cup of Nations and Christopher Nkunku is injured, so Armando Broja or Cole Palmer should lead the line for the Blues. 

Ben Chilwell is fit again, but Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Marc Cucurella, Romeo Lavia, Robert Sanchez and Lesley Ugochukwu remain sidelined.

Middlesbrough team news

Boro boss Michael Carrick is missing the injured Darragh Lenihan, Alex Bangura, Tom Smith and Emmanuel Latte Lath, while Sam Greenwood and Finn Azaz are cup-tied.

Goalkeeper Seny Dieng, Sam Silvera and Riley McGree are on international duty and Isaiah Jones is a doubt after suffering a hamstring strain in Saturday's draw with Rotherham.

 Chelsea v Middlesbrough Stats

Chelsea have won five of their last six home matches in all competitions.

Middlesbrough have lost to nil in nine of their last 10 league and cup meetings with Chelsea.

Head-to-Head

Chelsea wins56
Draws29
Middlesbrough wins32

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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