Chelsea vs Middlesbrough: Prediction, team news, line-ups, start time, live, TV, head to head, odds - Premier League preview

Vaishali Bhardwaj
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Chelsea are just a handful of games away from winning the Premier League title, but the Blues will still be wary of the visit of relegation-battlers Middlesbrough next Monday night.

Boro languish second from bottom in the league standings but, despite that, they managed to take a point from Champions League-chasing Manchester City on Sunday with a 2-2 draw at the Riverside Stadium.

Travelling to take on leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next week will prove a different test for Middlesbrough, however, though they did only narrowly lose 1-0 to Antonio Conte's side in the reverse fixture in November.

Scroll down for Standard Sport's comprehensive preview of Chelsea vs Middlesbrough...

START TIME

Chelsea play Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday 8 May at 8pm.

TV AND ONLINE COVERAGE

The match will be televised live on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm. Alternatively, Standard Sport will have all the build-up, team news, match action and reaction in our live blog from 7pm.

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea coach Conte will need to assess the fitness of first-choice defender David Luiz after he was forced off in the 3-0 win over Everton with an injury.

However, Conte said he is hopeful that Luiz hasn't suffered a major injury. "I didn’t speak to the doctor about his injury but I don’t think it’s a serious injury," he said. "I hope he is available to play the next game."

Chelsea have no other injuries to worry about while Boro may be able to call upon Daniel Ayala, who has been recovering from an ankle issue which he sustained in the 1-0 win over Sunderland.

Grant Leadbitter could also return from a hamstring injury as could Victor Valdes, who has had a rib injury.

Provisional Chelsea squad: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Hazard, Diego Costa, Begovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Willian, Batshuayi, Chalobah.

Provisional Middlesbrough squad: Guzan, Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend, de Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Stuani, Negredo, Downing, Konstantopoulos, Bernardo, Fischer, Barragan, Bamford, Gestede, Traore.

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard.

Middlesbrough starting XI: Guzan, Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend, de Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Stuani, Negredo, Downing.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

PREDICTION


BETTING ODDS (via 888 Sport)

  • Chelsea to win: 1/6
  • Middlesbrough to win: 16/1
  • Draw: 7/1

Click here to place a bet. Odds correct as of May 1 at 4.30pm.

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