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🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Middlesbrough (H)

Take an in-depth look at how City match up against Middlesbrough when they meet at Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

🔴 OURSELVES

City head into this game off the back of a 3-1 defeat away to Swansea on Sunday afternoon, after going into the break a goal to the good.

Nigel Pearson will want to see his side show commitment and desire as they look to make it four consecutive Sky Bet Championship victories at Ashton Gate on the bounce.

After netting his 15th of the season Andreas Weimann will be eager to hit that 20 mark as he looks to continue his best scoring season of his career.

🧳 OUR OPPONENTS

Middlesbrough come into this game off the back of a commanding 4-1 home away win over Wayne Rooney's Derby County on Saturday afternoon, making it just one loss in 13 for the North East outfit.

Chris Wilder will want to see his side continue their fine form as they look to cement their place in the play-off spots. 

Boro midfielder Matt Crooks will be full of confidence going into this game at Ashton Gate after netting in their last game against the Rams as well as scoring in the their recent Emirates FA Cup win against Manchester United. Crooks will be looking to emulate his performance last time out against the Robins when he netted the winner at the Riverside earlier on in the season. 

📝 MIDDLESBROUGH PROFILE

Formed: 1876
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Nickname: Boro
Manager: Chris Wilder
Finish last season: 10th, Sky Bet Championship

Honours:

Division Two/Division One/EFL Championship winners: 1926/27,1928/29,1973/74,1994/94
Play-off winners: 1988
League Cup winners: 2003/04
Anglo-Scottish Cup: 1976


📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate 
When: Saturday, February 19th (3pm)
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Leigh Doughty
Assistant Referee: Nick Greenhalgh
Assistant Referee: Adrian Waters
Fourth Official: Christopher Sarginson


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

BRISTOL CITY

Match vs the opposition: 84
Won: 27
Drew: 22
Lost: 35

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 44
Goals conceded: 61

Championship position: 17th (37 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Third Round

Yellow cards: 63
Red cards: 1

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann (15)
Top assists: Antoine Semenyo (7)

 

MIDDLESBROUGH

Match vs the opposition: 84
Won: 35
Drew: 22
Lost: 35

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 42
Goals conceded: 35

Championship position:  6th (49 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Fifth Round (March 1st, 2022 v Tottenham at Riverside Stadium)

Yellow cards: 73
Red cards: 2

Top goalscorer: Matt Crooks (8)
Top assists: Isaiah Jones (8)


MATCH REWIND 

Result: Bristol City 2-1 Middlesbrough 
When: 16.01.16
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Wes Burns scored the latest of late winners to end Middlesbrough’s amazing run of clean sheets at Ashton Gate.

The visitors were on the verge of a tenth straight Sky Bet Championship shutout until Burns touched home Flint's powerful header five minutes into added time to claim all three points for the Robins.


👀 ONE TO WATCH

MATT CROOKS

After signing for Boro from Rotherham in July 2021, Crooks has made quite the impact in his first season. The 28 year old has eight goals and two assists to his name this season.

After recently netting against Manchester United at Old Trafford and scoring the winner against the Robins earlier on in the season the 6ft4 midfielder will be confident that he can be the difference in the game at Ashton Gate this weekend. 

Before his two years at Rotherham the Leeds born midfielder also had played for Northampton Town, Scunthorpe United, Rangers and Accrington Stanley as well as numerous loan spells in his time at Huddersfield Town.


🗓 UP NEXT

The Robins' next home game sees Middlesbrough visit Ashton Gate in the Ashton Gate 8 appreciation game on Saturday, February 19th (3pm).

City will mark the 40th anniversary of 'the Eight' with a weekend of appreciation including a pitch parade by the Robins heroes.


📺 WATCH ON ROBINS TV

As per EFL regulations, the broadcast will only be available to overseas Robins TV subscribers. 

Professional Development Phase Coach Ali Hines will be the live studio guest offering pre-match and post-match analysis as well as co-commentary throughout the 90 minutes.

The 30-minute build-up show starts at 2.30pm and will be shown on City's YouTube channel and Facebook for free.

A Robins Live audio pass is also available domestically and overseas. 

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