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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Friday, August 30th 2019

Preview: Middlesbrough (H)

City look to extend their unbeaten run as they round off the first month of the new campaign.

Middlesbrough, under the management of former player and England international Jonathan Woodgate, head to BS3 for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off with just one win from their five league games so far.

It's in contrast to their strong start in 2018/19 and the two clubs went toe-to-toe with Derby County in last season's play-offs battle.

The Robins are four games unbeaten and have taken maximum points from their last three games.

MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Saturday, August 31st
  • Kick-off: 12.30pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Ashton Gate Stadium
  • Officials: Lee Mason (referee), Matthew Wilkes (assistant), Timothy Wood (assistant), John Busby (fourth official).

HEAD TO HEAD

BRISTOL CITY v Middlesbrough:
W: 25 (20%)
D: 21
L: 33

 

FORM - Last five games (all competitions)
Bristol City: DD*WWW (*L 4-5 on penalties)
Middlesbrough: LD*LWD (*L 2-4 on penalties)

CLUB NEWS

  • All supporters can benefit from a special concessions matchday offering for tomorrow's fixture.
  • Callum O'Dowda and Pedro Pereira received international call-ups this week.
  • Click here for highlights from City's 3-1 victory over Hull City last weekend.
  • Team news: Lee Johnson gave better news regarding Ádam Nagy's return from injury, though Tomas Kalas is set for a six-week spell on the sidelines.

WORD FROM THE CAMP

Johnson has called on his players to "accelerate" their performances and "show what they are about", starting with Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Middlesbrough.

And Nathan Baker has spoken of the squad's togetherness as key to City's results in August.

Webster's header proved the difference the last time these two sides met

MEMORABLE FIXTURE

Middlesbrough 0-1 Bristol City
Tuesday, April 2nd 2019
Sky Bet Championship
Scorer: Adam Webster 31'
Att: 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.

Bristol City: O'Leary, Hunt, Webster, Wright, Kalas, Dasilva, Brownhill, Pack, Paterson, Weimann, Diédhiou. Subs not used: Baker, Pisano, Smith, Kelly, Palmer, Eliasson, Taylor.

AND FINALLY...

Tickets are still available for the league encounter, available through Supporter Services or login to buy tickets at www.bcfc.co.uk via your Bristol Sport Club Account.

Match Sponsor

Today's game is sponsored by Aquablast Drain Services.

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