Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(16) 6 Goals 8 (11)
(15) 7 Assists 5 (5)
(6.6) 6.6 Average Ratings 7 (6.7)
25.9 Average Age 24.8
185.1 Average Height (cm) 183.1
(1.1) 0.6 Shots pg 1.5 (1.3)
(59%) 63% Aerial Duel Success 58% (57%)
(0.6) 0.7 Dribbles pg 1 (1.2)
(1.4) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.6 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in EFL Cup.

Missing Players

Middlesbrough
Chelsea
Player Reason Status Rating
Darragh Lenihan Out 6.75
Marcus Forss Out 6.18
Tommy Smith Out 7.49
Lewis O'Brien Out 6.78
Paddy McNair Out 6.79
Morgan Rogers Out 7.59
Sam Greenwood Out N/A
Sam Silvera Out 7.28
Riley McGree Out 7.3
Seny Dieng Out N/A
Player Reason Status Rating
Robert Sánchez Out 6.56
Marc Cucurella Out 7.49
Wesley Fofana Out N/A
Trevoh Chalobah Out 5.87
Reece James Out 6.88
Roméo Lavia Out N/A
Lesley Ugochukwu Out 6.88
Andrey Santos Out N/A
Benoît Badiashile Doubtful 6.99
Ben Chilwell Doubtful 7.2
Christopher Nkunku Doubtful 6.47
Carney Chukwuemeka Doubtful 6.35
Nicolas Jackson Out 6.79

Team News

Middlesbrough
Chelsea
  • Middlesbrough have a number of absentees for their first leg welcome of Chelsea, with Sam Silvera, Riley McGree and Seny Dieng all on international duty.
  • Morgan Rogers is suspended, while Sam Greenwood and Finn Azaz are ineligible having already participated in the competition with former sides.
  • No fewer than five players are sidelined due to injury.
  • Nicolas Jackson is with the Senegal national team for AFCON, while Andrey Santos is ineligible.
  • Christopher Nkunku, Ben Chilwell, Benoit Badiashile and Carney Chukwuemeka will be assessed.
  • The likes of Reece James and Wesley Fofana are among those injured.

Prediction

  • Middlesbrough haven't been in great form of late, losing three of their last four matches in all competitions. They have also won just one of their last five on home turf.
  • A 4-0 win over Preston at home means Chelsea have won three on the bounce. A 3-2 win at Luton last month ended a four-game losing run on the road, and even then they almost threw away a three-goal lead.
  • With so many absentees for the home side, Chelsea should capitalise to secure a first leg advantage.
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User Predictions

Comments (9)

 
  • Mauricio Pochettino sucks. He sucks very, very, very, very, very, very much!

  • As the cup game is over 2 legs i think Chelsea will be happy to take a draw back to London.

  • Will Chelsea fancy a very cold and windy night in the north east ? :)

  • Goal difference of the last 6 matches between the teams: 15-0. And it was not Boro who scored if that is worth mentioning.

  • Chelsea will have one eye on saturdays huge lunch time derby game at home to Fulham

  • It is best waiting until the team line ups are announced an hour before the kick off on X (twitter).Be interesting if Chelsea rest players.

  • Its gonna be a poised game don't expect to middlesborough lose one sided . over 2.5 goal and btts

  • Double chance Middlesborough 90min

  • Chelsea