Chelsea aims to inch closer to Premier League title vs. Middlesbrough
Chelsea is closing in on the Premier League title, while Middlesbrough is nearing relegation, and the two storylines converge at Stamford Bridge on Monday (3 p.m., NBCSN).
With West Ham's win over Tottenham providing an assist, Chelsea's path to the title is clear: A win vs. Boro followed by another against West Brom on Friday will clinch the Blues' fifth title since the 2004-2005 season and cement its rebound after last season's mid-table finish.
Middlesbrough, meanwhile, knows a loss will secure its return to the second tier, as it trails 17th-place Swansea City by seven points and both will have two games remaining after Monday's match.
Here are the lineups for both sides:
Chelsea team tonight: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Fabregas, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard. #CHEMID
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 8, 2017
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) May 8, 2017
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