Chelsea face Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Monday, 8 May, as they seek two more wins to secure the title, with Tottenham Hotspur losing against West Ham United this weekend.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 8pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.


Chelsea have a couple of injury doubts for the game with David Luiz and N'Golo Kante both struggling to be fit ahead of their game against Boro. The Brazilian injured himself after an awkward fall in their 3-0 win over Everton while Kante is struggling with a thigh problem. Manager Antonio Conte will have a decision to make over his key pair, with the title in plain sight.

The Blues have been in indomitable form this season and can pick up a total of 93 points should they win their remaining games, a figure surpassed only by the Blues themselves in their title winning campaign in 2004/05. Chelsea are also active in the FA Cup and play Arsenal in the finals on 27 May, where a win would see Conte match manager Carlo Ancelotti's feat in his debut season where he won the double.

Meanwhile, time is running out for Middlesbrough, who are seven points adrift of 17th placed Swansea City, with three games left in their campaign. Their last three fixtures are as hard as it can get, with games against Chelsea, Southampton and Liverpool to top off what has been a miserable campaign on all counts.

Boro duo Grant Leadbitter and Adlene Guedioura have both participated in normal training after recovering from hamstring and groin injuries respectively and could be involved in the game. However, Gaston Ramirez is a big doubt with a pelvic problem while Daniel Ayala and Victor Valdez are both doubts.

Antonio Conte
Conte is a whisker away from winning the title in his debut season. Reuters

What Managers Say

Antonio Conte: "My expectation for this game is we must play a great game [vs. Middlesbrough]. We have to try to take three points. This game is very important. Now with only four games to go, it's important to win. It won't be easy. Middlesbrough is struggling to avoid relegation. We must be ready, ready to fight, ready to find the right way to take three points. I hope to arrive at the end of the season with my players and the club to celebrate something important this season. We are working very hard to reach this target. For me, it's not the first time to win the title. I have a good experience to face this type of situation. But it won't be easy until the end." (via ESPN)

Steve Agnew: "Let's just hope we can be the team that comes out on top on Monday night. When you analyse the teams as a coach, you can then look at the degree of work that's gone in and I can only praise Conte because when I analyse Chelsea, I can see how much work has gone into the team both defensively and offensively. Monday will be an unbelievable night for Chelsea at the top and ourselves fighting to stay in the league. They've been excellent. They play with a back three and lots of attacking players. One thing they have is top-quality players and an unbelievable work ethic within that. You can see when you analyse Chelsea not only how good they are going forward, but how hard they are to break down." (via Sky Sports)

Betting Odds (betfair)

  • Chelsea win: 1/6
  • Draw: 15/2
  • Middlesbrough win: 22

Team News


Possible XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard


Possible XI: Guzan; Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw; Downing, Negredo, Ramirez