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Middlesbrough will be hosting visiting club Cardiff City at Riverside Stadium in this Championship match on Saturday.
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Middlesbrough will be hoping for a better result after the 1-3 Championship defeat in their last game at the hands of Bristol City.
In that match, Middlesbrough had 58% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer for Middlesbrough was Dael Fry (80'). Bristol City had 6 shots at goal with 6 on target. Famara Diédhiou (21', 33') and Nahki Wells (37') scored for Bristol City.
Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough have celebrated scoring 7 times over their prior 6 outings. The number of goals that have been scored against them in those fixtures is 10.
Coming into this contest, Middlesbrough have not emerged victorious against Cardiff City in their last 5 league games.
Cardiff City head into the game after a 1-2 Championship win with the defeat of Bournemouth in their most recent fixture.
In that game, Cardiff City had 32% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 4 on target. For Cardiff City, the scorers were Sean Morrison (28') and Kieffer Moore (37'). At the other end, Bournemouth had 11 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Shane Long (68') scored for Bournemouth.
Over the course of their last 6 clashes, Cardiff City have amassed a tally of 15 goals. The Bluebirds have also scored in every single one of those games. During those fixtures, they’ve seen 3 goals go against them.
Coming into this contest, Cardiff City remain undefeated by Middlesbrough when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league games.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head to head clashes stretching back to 23/02/2016 shows that Middlesbrough have won 1 of them and Cardiff City 4, with the tally of draws being 1.
In all, 13 goals were produced between them in this period, with 5 of them for The Boro and 8 coming from The Bluebirds. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.17.
The last league meeting between these sides was Championship match day 7 on 24/10/2020 which ended up with the score at Cardiff City 1-1 Middlesbrough.
On that occasion, Cardiff City managed 58% possession and 17 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Their only player to score was Sheyi Ojo (70').
Middlesbrough got 10 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. George Saville (36') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by John Brooks.
Team News: Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has no fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this game thanks to a fully healthy group available for selection.
Team News: Cardiff City
Thanks to a largely available group, there’s only the sole fitness problem for the Cardiff City gaffer Mick McCarthy to be concerned about. Sol Bamba (Cancer) won’t be in action.
Here, we’re thinking that Cardiff City will have to work hard as a team to get anything against this Middlesbrough outfit who we reckon will score at least once to gain the upper hand.
We’ve gone for a narrow 1-0 advantage for Middlesbrough at the end of this one.
Hoping for a good game.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Riverside Stadium (34,742)
Captain: Britt Assombalonga
Chairman: Steve Gibson
Manager: Neil Warnock
Competitions: Championship position 8
🔑 Key Player: Britt Assombalonga
Generally taking to the field in the Striker position, Britt Assombalonga was born in Kinshasa, DR Congo (Zaire). Having made his senior debut playing for Braintree Town in the 2011 - 2012 season, the talented Forward has bagged 5 league goals in this Championship 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 26 appearances.