Chelsea maintained a firm grip on the their race to a second title in three years when they ended up 0-3 winners against Ronald Koeman’s Everton at the Goodison Park.The Blues humbled a Toffee side who were almost unbeatable on their home-turf and it seemed to going that way when the score line at half-time read 0-0. It wasn’t the usual suspects, Diego Costa or Eden Hazard who got the 2nd half goals but folks like Pedro, Gary Chaill and Willian who found the back of the net. With the midfield space populated by the likes of Victor Moses, Kante, Matic and Alonso adopting attacking roles, goals have once again begun to come for Chelsea. Post a shocking 0-2 loss, Antonio Conte’s boys have bounced back with successive wins of 4-2 and 0-3 over Southampton and Everton respectively.
despite the show of bravado in their 2-2 draw against Manchester City last weekend, Steve Agnew’s Boro side will be hard-pressed to fight of relegation and they couldn’t have asked for worser opponents than Chelsea whom they face away at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
The Boros showed great opportunism by way of counter-attacks in a game where Man City dominated almost as much as two-thirds of the possession. Playmaker Adama Traore combining with Alvaro Negredo were brilliant and their hit-on-the-breaks game constantly threatened the City defence. Fabio, Calum Chambers, Ben Gibson and George Friend will need to show the same stoicism they showed at the back against a powerful City attack, when they visit Stamford Bridge to face the Costa, Hazard & co. at Stamford Brige.. The Boros, despite their 17 losses this season, have frustrated top level teams by holding them to drawn games – Manchester City (twice), West Bromwich Albion (twice), Arsenal 0-0 in October and Everton 0-0 in February.
Although Chelsea are rank favourites for May 8th’s clash, they need to be wary of a Middlesbrough side fighting with their backs to the wall. The Blues had to fight tooth and nail to secure a narrow 1-0 win when these two met at the Riverside Stadium in November. A similar result could be on the cards at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Odds overwhelmingly favour Antonio Conte’s men to collect the three points needed to keep them at the top of the League. For Middlesbrough, such an outcome would mean certain relegation.
Recommended Tip, Chelsea to Win to Nil, Best Odds 8/11 @ BetVictor
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