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Middlesbrough - Chelsea
EFL Cup Semi-Final
Tue, 09.01.2024 – 11:00 PM GMT+3
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Over 9.5 Corners

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea prediction

The EFL 1997 finalists will rekindle some memories in the semi-finals, when Middlesbrough will host Chelsea who they have not beaten in 9 of their last 10 meetings. Chelsea are the favorites in this tie, though they are both middle placed in their respect leagues, the blues have showed some signs of improvement lately, unlike Middlesbrough who has been limp thus far in all competitions .Other than that, this will be an interesting match to watch, though it’s not the winner takes it all affair as the second leg awaits redemption for who might fall out in this first tie.

Middlesbrough have come this far all because of hard work and not luck is a statement they will want to make clear as they are only 180 minutes away from the final, but that’s if they can walk pass a side, they have not scored against in 9 of their last meetings. Michael Carrick will hope to up his game, as they be playing in front of their home crowd, perhaps putting one or two goals passed a fellow poorly performing side in their respective leagues. A draw would be enough but alas, Middlesbrough has not won since beating Port vale 3-0 to reach the semi-finals.

The blues scoring boots seems to be regaining momentum, looking at how they salvaged a 4-0 win against Preston, with all goals coming in the second half. Chelsea’s last five games in all competitions has showed some great signs of improvement, and they have been handful when it comes to goals, netting a total of 17 goals with an average of 3.4 per match. For Mauricio Pochettino this should be a walk on the park, the quality they possess should be enough to win in this tie. The last match against Middlesbrough saw the Blues win 2-0, back then both sides where in the better place than where they are now, the hosts last five games at home has been fairly poor and they have scored in 2 games, a thing we reckon will happen against the seemly powered up Chelsea and we envisage the blues to run a riot here. We recommend an Over 9.5 corners-1 market.

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Main tip: Over 9.5 Corners

Our Middlesbrough vs Chelsea predictions

According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:

Prediction 1: Over 9.5 Corners

Middlesbrough go into this fixture as outsiders, but this Carrick’s side can give it their all in this game, having been involved in a lot of corners in their last fixtures we are likely to see them flowing the ball forward and in return record a good number of corner kicks. The same was the case in four of their last 3 matches with the most recent recording a total of 17 corners. On the other hand, the blues will want an early lead here, it’s likely they will mount pressure on the host.  Chelsea’s last game also had over 9.5 corners recorded, the same was the case in their last two fixtures. The overall look at their last 3 head-to-head games, picked up a good number of corners. A through look at this encounter and it been the first leg we expect both sides to push forward and a number of corners to emerge. ‘’For our first Middlesbrough vs. Chelsea prediction’’, we are confident that 10 plus corners will be in this match. And we recommend 1Win for their odds in the game’s goal market!

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The odd of 1.71 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 58% chance that this match will produce at least 10 total match corners.

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Prediction 2: Chelsea 2nd Half Win

Chelsea’s finishing of the games has been resounding, a look at the most recent win against Preston saw them score all 4 goals in the second half and keeping their backline intact, the same we anticipate in this feature against a side they reign dominance, we believe Chelsea will push forward till the final whistle. On the other hand, Middlesbrough last two games saw them allowing more goals in the second half, the most recent 1-0 loss to Aston Villa saw them coincide in the second half and a 3-1 loss to Coventry had them allow 2 goals in the second half too. At this stage we cannot write off Middlesbrough, with that in mind we think Chelsea will find it hard to score goals in the first half, enhance, we are, backing the Chelsea win 2nd half comprehensively! And we recommend the best odds for the Chelsea win 2nd half market at Helabet!

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The odd of 1.89 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 53% chance that Chelsea will win the second half of the game.

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Prediction 3: Chelsea Win – Tip 2

Undoubtedly, Chelsea are favourites to win it all here. Having beaten Middlesbrough in 9 back to back games out of  10 head to head, it’s impossible to picture anything else than a victory for the blues who are have find form recently. Looking at the host’s recent home performance in all competitions they don’t seem like a side that can turn tables around here, other than a draw, the visitors find this tie easy and a likely must win for Mauricio Pochettino. Looking at their recent forms we going with Chelsea win.  The Chelsea win market of this game has huge odd at Paripesa! Check it out and wager on Paripesa to cash out big!

Statistics for Middlesbrough vs Chelsea Prediction

H2H statistics

Assessing the last 10 matches between these teams:

  • Middlesbrough have 1 win, Chelsea has 9 win
  • There scored an average of 2.40 goals
  • The last time they met, Chelsea won  2-0

Latest results Middlesbrough

  • 3 losses, and 2 wins in their last 5 matches
  • 10 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 2.00 goals per match
  • They lost 1-0 against Aston Villa during their last match

Latest results Chelsea

  • 4 wins and 1 loss in their last 5 matches
  • 17 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 3.40 goals per match
  • They won 4-0 against Preston during their last match
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Possible squad Middlesbrough & Chelsea

Line upMiddlesbroughChelsea
GoalkeeperGloverPetrovic
Defensevan den Berg, Clarke, Engel, BanguraGilchrist, Disasi, Colwill, Gusto
MidfieldBarlaser, HackneyCaicedo, Fernandez
ForwardJones, Rogers, Greenwood, CoburnSterling, Palmer, Mudryk, Broja
MissingLenihan, Lath, Hackeny, O’Brien, Forss, Crooks, McNair, Dieng, SmithChilwell, Chukwuemeka, Nkunku, Ugochukwu, Cucurella, James, Lavia, Chalobah, Fofana
CoachMicheal CarrickMauricio Pochettino

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