In the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals, Middlesbrough will host Chelsea at Riverside Stadium on Tuesday.
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With goals from Jonny Howson and Morgan Rogers in the first half and Matt Crooks adding the third goal in the second, the hosts easily defeated Port Vale 3-0 to secure their spot in the competition’s semifinals.
They have recently suffered a decline in their play, going only one victory and three losses in their last four games. They lost 1-0 at home against Aston Villa on Saturday in the FA Cup third round.
Conversely, the visitors have been playing well lately, going three games in a row. Their first game of the year was on Saturday, when they hosted Preston North End in the FA Cup third round. They easily won 4-0 thanks to a second-half comeback that saw goals from Armando Broja, Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Enzo Fernández all in the space of 27 minutes.
Since 1907, the two sides have faced off 117 times in all competitions. With 57 victories, the visitors have, as predicted, been the superior team in these encounters. In this series, the home team has won 31 times, while 29 of the games have resulted in draws.In addition to keeping clean sheets in these victories, the visitors have defeated the hosts in each of the previous nine games.In their three Carabao Cup meetings, Chelsea has prevailed twice while the hosts have won once.In their last five home games across all competitions, Middlesbrough has lost four times, while the Blues have dropped their last five road games across all competitions.The hosts have lost their last five games against the visitors at home and have also been unable to score in these encounters.