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Posted Saturday, August 14th 2021

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Middlesbrough (A)

Get the lowdown on our first away fixture of the Sky Bet Championship season as we travel to Middlesbrough

It's pay on the day for the trip to the Riverside Stadium - the latest ticket information is available here.

Boro v City: purchase your tickets

In lockdown and preparing for Project Restart, Middlesbrough were 19th in the Sky Bet Championship and the prospect of relegation was a real threat.

Fast forward less than 12 months and Neil Warnock’s men ended the 2020/21 season 10th, 13 points behind the top six to end a campaign which will, therefore, be considered a big success.

It was a much-improved outcome, in part helped by a 10-game unbeaten run after an opening day defeat to Watford, however they did struggle to rediscover such good form throughout the rest of the campaign.

Now they are gearing up for their first home game of the 2021/22 season and a first win to go with it. Boro held newly-relegated Fulham to a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the league campaign thanks to Marc Bola’s second-half goal. This would be their only shot on target to rescue the point, but there was disappointment in the week as division newbies Blackpool dispatched Neil Warnock’s side 3-0 in the Carabao Cup.

It was very much a one-sided affair in this all-Championship battle, where Boro mustered just three shots of which none were on target.

The summer has meant reinforcements with Championship experience in the likes of Joe Lumley (QPR), Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) and Sol Bamba (Cardiff City). 36-year-old Bamba, former captain with the Bluebirds, signed a one-year contract at Boro this week where he will also be an Academy coach.

Their outgoings included a release list of Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher and Marvin Johnson, while George Saville was sold to Millwall.

MIDDLESBROUGH PROFILE

Formed: 1876
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Nickname: Boro, Smoggies
Manager: Neil Warnock
Finish last season: 10th, Sky Bet Championship

Honours:

  • Division Two winners (Championship-equivalent): 1926/27, 1928/29, 1973/74, 1994/1995
  • League Cup: 2003/04
  • Anglo Scottish Cup: 1976

📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Riverside Stadium
When: Saturday, August 14th, 3pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship, Matchday 2

Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant referee: Richard Wild
Assistant referee: Philip Dermot
Fourth official: Sebastian Stockbridge


⚽️ Watch: Highlights v Blackpool

Chris Martin scored his 150th career goal on the opening day of the 2021/22 season.

Fans were back a Ashton Gate to witness competitive action for the first time since March 2020. It was quite the occasion, though City were held to the draw when Shayne Laverty struck an added-time equaliser.


👀 ONE TO WATCH

Marcus Tavernier of Middlesbrough

Marcus Tavernier is homegrown talent on Teesside, with a short-term loan spell at MK Dons during the second half of the 2017/18 season on his CV.

He's made 108 appearances for his club scoring 13 goals since his debut against Scunthorpe United in August 2017.

He was named on the bench against Fulham last weekend but played a key role in their second-half turnaround as Boro secured the point.


⏮ MATCH REWIND...

Middlesbrough 1-3 Bristol City
11.07.2020
Championship
Riverside Stadium

Two Nahki Wells goals, either side of Jamie Paterson rifling home his second strike in as many games, fired City back to within three points of the play-offs in a convincing 3-1 win away to Middlesbrough.

City oozed confidence at the Riverside Stadium where Wells opened the scoring inside the sixth minute with a beautiful strike away from the keeper.

Boro hit the bar through heroics from Dan Bentley but Paterson scored a rocket from a narrow angle with City in control at half-time.

And they added to Middlesbrough’s pain when Wells notched home his fifth goal in City colours, before Britt Assombalonga rolled in a late consolation goal.

Nahki Wells scoring at the Riverside Stadium

🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City

Matches v the opposition: 83
Won: 27
Drew: 22
Lost: 34

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 3
Goals conceded: 3

Championship position: 14th
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 4
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Saikou Janneh 2
Most assists: Nahki Wells, Chris Martin, Kasey Palmer 1
Best average rating (Opta): Martin 7.71

Possession: 48.7%
Passing percentage: 68.5%
Tackle success percentage: 75.5%
Average aerial duels won: 28

Middlesbrough

Matches v opposition: 83
Won: 34
Drew: 22
Lost: 27

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 1
Goals conceded: 4 

Championship position: 12th
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 7 
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Marc Bola 1 
Most assists: Isaiah Jones 1
Best average rating (Opta): Bola 7.49

Possession: 40.3%
Passing percentage: 63.4%
Tackle success percentage: 71.6% 
Average aerial duels won: 25

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