Middlesbrough vs Chelsea team news: Antonio Conte names unchanged side as Blues look to go top

A look at the two sides as they prepare to face off at the Riverside Stadium

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Chelsea have named an unchanged side to the team that ran five past Everton two weekends ago at Stamford Bridge.

After switching to a 3-4-3 formation, the Blues are finally starting to find their stride and currently sit second in the league with the opportunity to go top should they beat Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

A revitalised Eden Hazard scored two goals against the Toffees and will be looking to add to his growing goal tally as he returns to the wing for the Blues.

Aitor Karanka has made one change to the team that held Manchester City to a 1-1 at the start of the month.

The injured George Friend has been left out of the match-day squad with Fabio stepping into the fray.

After refusing to roll over against City and Arsenal, Middlesbrough now have the chance of completing a treble in holding the ‘big boys’ back.

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson (c), Fabio, Traore, Forshaw, Clayton, De Roon, Ramirez, Negredo.

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.