Middlesbrough vs Chelsea – Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 19/03/22, Team News and Lineups

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Middlesbrough and Chelsea go head-to-head in the quarter finals of the FA Cup on Saturday. Can Boro claim another unexpected Premier League scalp in the cup? Read our free predictions and betting picks for the game here.
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Prediction for FA Cup match – Middlesbrough vs Chelsea

 Bookmaker Ratings prediction one: Chelsea to Win – 1.5

Bookmaker Ratings prediction two: Over 1.5 Chelsea Team Goals – 1.6

Bookmaker Ratings prediction three: Chelsea -1.0 Goal Handicap – 2.25

Chelsea to Win

Middlesbrough have upset the odds to knock two Premier League giants en-route to Saturday’s FA Cup quarter final clash with Chelsea, however, the Blues are a much classier outfit than the teams Boro have conquered so far. Thomas Tuchel’s side have won 11 of their last 12 matches in all competitions and they have the quality to overpower Boro at the Riverside Stadium.

Over 1.5 Chelsea Team Goals

Chelsea have already faced lower league opponents in each of their previous three FA Cup fixtures this season and the Blues managed to find the net at least twice on each occasion. With high-calibre performers aplenty in the final third, the Londoners should be able to rattle the net at least twice against plucky Championship side Boro this weekend.

Chelsea -1.0 Goal Handicap

Thomas Tuchel’s formidable Chelsea have scored at least three times in three of their last five fixtures, while they have conceded just twice at the other end in their last four fixtures combined. With strong defensive foundations and clinical finishers offering potency of different kinds at either end of the pitch, Chelsea are available at a generous price to cover the -1.0 handicap against an inferior Middlesbrough outfit.

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea – Latest Team Odds

Preliminary review and match prediction for Middlesbrough vs Chelsea

Championship side Middlesbrough are enjoying a fairy tale run in this season’s FA Cup, however, with Wembley in sight, intensity levels are set to increase and a quarter final date with Chelsea could prove too big a step to climb for Boro.

Middlesbrough got the better of Tottenham and Manchester United in the competition’s previous rounds, though both of those clubs produce embarrassing blips and moments on the regular.

Chelsea however, are robust, reliable performers and having won 11 of their last 12 fixtures in all competitions in the face of major off-field controversy, the Blues are professional and clinical enough to dash Boro’s dreams at the Riverside Stadium.

FA Cup finalists in four of the last five seasons, Chelsea have plenty of pedigree in the competition, though defeats in Wembley’s showpiece fixture in each of the last two years will make them doubly determined to land the trophy in 2021/22.

The Blues haven’t lost to a lower-league opponent in the cup since 2015 (2-4 vs Bradford) and Chelsea are generally ruthless against teams from the other end of the English football pyramid.

Chelsea were involved in Champions League action on Wednesday evening, though Thomas Tuchel kept Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku, Hakin Ziyech and Timo Werner among others in reserve, so the Blues have plenty of fresh legs to unleash on Saturday.

Middlesbrough’s appearance so late in the competition is a major achievement in itself, though we expect Chris Wilder’s side to fall short against one of the FA Cup favourites.

With that considered, backing Chelsea to win is an option worth pursuing and there is still enough wiggle room in the odds to make it an attractive choice.

Safe Bets

Chelsea have been doing most of their best work in the second half of their games of late and eight of their last 13 goals have been registered after the interval. At 1.44, you can back the Blues to find the net in the same half of Saturday’s fixture – a price and option that should satisfy punters hunting down safer bets this weekend.

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Middlesbrough scored a single goal in each of the FA Cup’s last two rounds, though their effort against Man Utd was controversial in the extreme and their strike against Spurs came deep into extra time. Chelsea are a step up in class defensively from both of those teams and they have kept clean sheets in five of their last eight matches. At 2.4, the rock-solid Blues should be considered in the win to nil market on Saturday.

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea first goalscorer

Kai Havertz is in a rich vein of goalscoring form for Chelsea and the German attacker has notched six times in his last eight appearances. The 22-year-old has a nose for the big occasion and he looks the player most capable of breaking the deadlock in Saturday’s quarter final. With that digested, Havertz is priced at an interesting price of 4.5 in the first goalscorer stakes.

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea Team News

Middlesbrough have relatively few injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s crucial tie with Riley McCree and Anfernee Dijksteel their only concerns.

Ben Chilwell is out injured for Chelsea, while Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are in a race to be involved. Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku, Hakin Ziyech and Timo Werner will all be pushing to start having been named on the bench in Lille on Wednesday evening.

Starting Lineups

Middlesbrough: Lumley – Peltier, Fry, McNair – Jones, Crooks, Howson, Bola – Tavernier – Watmore, Balogun

Chelsea: Mendy – Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Chalobah – James, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso – Mount, Ziyech, Havertz

Highlighted Player

Mateo Kovacic

Quite often underappreciated, Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic is one of football’s smoothest operators, complementing his technical skillset with a combative streak in the middle of the pitch. Kovacic helps to knit everything together for the Chelsea, so expect to see him pulling strings at the Riverside Stadium.

Most popular FAQ for Middlesbrough vs Chelsea

Who won the last meeting between these clubs?

Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 3-0 when the teams last met in the Premier League back in May 2017.

Where will this fixture be played?

Saturday’s FA Cup quarter final will be played at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.

Which bookmaker has the best odds for this game?

We recommend checking out the odds at William Hill for Middlesbrough vs Chelsea.

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