Middlesbrough vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on February 27, 2013

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Chelsea are in the north east to take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The holders preparations for the game have been overshadowed by reports of a training ground bust-up between interim boss Rafa Benitez and captain John Terry following Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City. Benitez has played down the speculation but it has done nothing to improve relations between him and the Blues players and fans.

Chelsea are on a poor run of late with just one win in four league games that has seen then drop down to fourth in the table with fifth-placed Arsenal now breathing down their necks.

However, the west Londoners have a formidable FA Cup record in recent years that has seen them lift the trophy four times in just six seasons, so the Premier League giants should be confident of seeing off Middlesbrough and booking a trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the quarter finals.

Team News

Chelsea will welcome John Terry back to the starting line-up with the skipper set to replace Gary Cahill – who has been ruled out with a virus. Terry is likely to play alongside David Luiz at the back with Branislav Ivanovic moving to right back to cover for Cesar Azpilicueta who is out with a leg injury.

Benitez has hinted he will rotate his squad which means the likes of Ryan Bertrand, Marko Marin and Victor Moses could start, while Fernando Torres is also likely to play up front ahead of Demba Ba.

Middlesbrough will be without the services of on-loan Chelsea midfielder Josh McEacharan, who is ineligible to play against his parent club tonight. Boss Tony Mowbray has a number of injury worries to contend with, with Jonathan Woodgate, Stuart Parnaby, Justin Hoyte, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Julio Arca all sidelined. Sammy Ameobi and Kieron Dyer are also both cup-tied.

Likely Line-up

Predicted Score

Boro are in poor form having won only once in their past nine games while Chelsea have won seven and lost none of their last nine away games in the FA Cup.  Therefore, I can’t see past a Chelsea win tonight and back them to secure a trip to Old Trafford to face United in the next round. Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea.

What would be your Chelsea line-up and what’s your predicted score for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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12 Comments

  1. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    February 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Just win this one for us chelsea

  2. madu ignatius

    February 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    We don’t need torres anymore ,pls Rafa ,be making use of Demba Ba , bcos torres is a flop .

  3. Walexy

    February 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Midlesboro 2- 1Chelsea

  4. ukeme edung

    February 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    chelsea stenghten d confidence of the winning spirit and play with all amount of seriousness.

  5. Andiwam Isaac

    February 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I’m expecting Chelsea to win 4-0 despite their recent slip in premiership.

  6. Solomon

    February 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    We nd torres an damba ba to ply goal is chelsea 3

  7. mustapha

    February 27, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    benitez Ba b4 torres pls.

  8. Jokey

    February 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Why must Benitez keep Ba on bench whereas he is fit?. Who is Tores? In fact this spainard chelsea squad is causing more harm than good.

  9. Bash

    February 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Why startin torres 4 God sake, Rafa ur days ar number already

  10. meaca daniel

    February 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    why most Rafa starts torres, am saying dis with all seriousness nd with all passion dat if Rafa eventully loose dis game. He wil recieve my wroth ooooo

  11. eseyin michael

    February 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Pls, tel money miss road(Abramovich) 2 take charge as a coah.

  12. eseyin michael

    February 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Abramovich has killed chelseafc, while Torres has burried chelsea alive also Benitez is conducting burial ceremony 4 chelseafc.

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