Chelsea will play Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Saturday, in a game that is already rife with controversy.
Following the restrictions imposed on Roman Abramovich, the Championship side did not take well to their Premier League opponents’ request to play the game behind closed doors.
Chelsea will only be able to bring roughly 500 fans to the North East and will face a difficult assignment, despite being big favorites.
Boro has talent, having knocked out both Manchester United and Tottenham on their path to the quarter-finals, and that, combined with the hostile atmosphere Chelsea is sure to face, makes it a difficult match to call.
This is a very difficult game.
Everything you need to know is right here.
Date, start time, and location:
On Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 5.15 p.m., the FA Cup game will take place.
Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium will host the event.
News from the team
Chelsea will be without Saul Niguez, who failed a Covid test, while Andreas Christensen, who was injured in the win over Lille, is a doubt.
Middlesbrough vs Chelsea prediction
Boro have proven to be a quality squad on their journey to the final eight, but Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have been unstoppable in cup competitions.
Chelsea to win 1-0.
Middlesbrough vs Chelsea Head to head (h2h) history and results
The two teams have met 116 times in all competitions, with Chelsea coming out on top 56-31 in wins and 29 games ending in draws, as expected.
This will be the first time the two teams have met in any competition since 2017. The visitors have won their last eight games against their northern opponents.
In the cup tournament, they’ve met four times, with Chelsea winning three times and Middlesbrough winning only once.
Middlesbrough form guide (all competitions): W-D-L-W-W
Chelsea form guide (all competitions): W-W-W-W-W
Middlesbrough wins: 31
Chelsea wins: 56
Chelsea predicted lineup vs Middlesbrough:
Kepa; Chalobah, Rudiger, Sarr; Ziyech, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Lukaku