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Posted Saturday, July 11th 2020

Preview: Middlesbrough (A)

City march on the Riverside Stadium fresh from their midweek win over Hull City.

Jamie Paterson inspired the Robins to end their winless run at ten games, with an exquisite free kick and an assist in the 2-1 win.

And their fight towards as high a finish in the Sky Bet Championship as possible continues against relegation-threatened Boro on Saturday.

Therefore, much like Wednesday's encounter, it's a contest between two teams still with lots to play for and a long time has passed since these sides' 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture.

Middlesbrough could end the weekend in the bottom three if results don't go their way but they have a manager who is all to be familiar with success in the form of Neil Warnock. After leaving Cardiff City, Warnock went on to replace the sacked Jonathan Woodgate at the Riverside last month. He's managed 13 clubs in 40 years - some of those more than once including Crystal Palace and QPR - and has many promotions to his name, which includes reaching the Premier League four times.

He's closing in on 1,500 games in management in what may be his final bow...but where have we heard that before?!

Saturday's fixture is available free on Robins TV Live to Season Card holders (the stream starts one hour ahead of kick-off with all the build-up, analysis, and post-match comments). Non-Season Card holders can purchase a matchday pass at £10, and enjoy all the same benefits. Please note the match is not on Sky Sports or on the red button.

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MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Saturday, July 11th 2020
  • Kick-off: 3pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Riverside Stadium
  • Officials: Darren England (referee), Paul Hodskinson and Matthew McGrath (assistants), Carl Boyeson (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD


W: 25 (31%)
D: 22
L: 33

 

FORM - Includes pre-suspension
Bristol City: WLLLL
Boro: WLLWL

All smiles this week

Club news

  • Watch: Go behind the scenes as City Women return for pre-season training
  • City's matchday shirts are being auctioned off this weekend in aid of the Robins Foundation
  • Numbers game: Check out some of the key numbers behind the midweek win over Hull City
  • Hear from Joe Morrell as the midfielder becomes our latest podcast interviewee
  • City continue to be without the suspended Ashley Williams and Pedro Pereira continues his recovery from injury. Middlesbrough are not believed to have any new injury concerns from their trip to Millwall

Word from the camp

Famara Diédhiou reflects on victory over Hull City, returning to the scoresheet and the prospect of Boro...

 

Memorable match

Middlesbrough 0-1 Bristol City
Tuesday, April 2nd 2019
Sky Bet Championship
Riverside Stadium
Scorers: Webster 31
Attendance: 21,016

Adam Webster’s first-half header has sent City back into the play-offs in a well-earned win against Middlesbrough.

Lee Johnson’s side pressed the Smoggies from the off and after surviving a crossbar and goalline clearance scare, Webster rose to give City a half-time advantage.

Tony Pulis’ side wasted a number of chances, with Assombalonga striking the post, while Max O’Leary was in form to keep the hosts at bay and earn a clean sheet.

Marlon Pack curled a shot narrowly wide as City almost squeezed a second goal but a defensive tactical switch saw Johnson hold out to take the points back to Bristol.

City XI: O'Leary, Webster, Wright, Kalas, Paterson, Brownhill, Hunt, Pack, Dasilva, Weimann, Diedhiou.

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