Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
A spot in the FA Cup semis will be at stake when Middlesbrough and Chelsea take on each other at Riverside Stadium on Saturday evening. The Boro did well to shock Tottenham in the previous round, and they are now eyeing yet another major scalp in the prestigious competition. The good news for the hosts is that both Riley McGree and Anfernee Dijksteel should recover in time to face the Blues.
Thomas Tuchel’s men, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Middlesbrough by beating Luton Town 3-2, and the bookies see them as favourites to win Saturday’s clash as well. Both James and Chilwell are sidelined with injuries, while Hudson-Odoi faces race against clock to be fit for the match. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Chelsea emerged triumphant in each of their last eight meetings with the Boro in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (Sammy Ameobi):
Sammy Ameobi is the younger brother of a famoust Newcastle United player Shola. Sammy is a product of Newcastle United football academy as well and he scored two goals in 56 appearances for the first team. The pacey attacker played for the likes of Middlesbrough, Cardiff City and Bolton Wanderers on loan in the past before signing a permanent deal with the Trotters on July 14, 2017.
Sammy Ameobi was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on May 1, 1992, but he has two caps for Nigeria U20 team. The left-footed footballer played for the England U21 team as well, but he has yet to make his senior debut for the Three Lions. Ameobi’s main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well.
Sammy Ameobi made his Bolton debut on September 3, 2016 against Southend and it has to be noted that he scored two goals in 20 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 League One campaign. At the end of the season Bolton were promoted to the Championship.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.