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The Championship fixture at Riverside Stadium on Monday will see home side Middlesbrough ready themselves for the challenge from opponents Watford.
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Middlesbrough will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 3-1 Championship loss in their previous game against Bournemouth.
In that game, Middlesbrough managed 41% possession and 8 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Middlesbrough was Duncan Watmore (63'). For their opponents, Bournemouth got 7 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Philip Billing (14'), Jefferson Lerma (67') and Dominic Solanke (83') scored for Bournemouth.
Over their preceding 6 fixtures, Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough have managed to score a total of 9 times - an average number of goals scored per match of 1.5.
Their past results show that Middlesbrough:
- haven't beaten Watford in their last 8 matches in the league.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 3 league matches at home.
Watford come into this match following a 1-0 Championship win to beat Sheffield Wednesday in their most recent fixture.
In that match, Watford managed 48% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Sheffield Wednesday had 8 shots at goal with 1 on target. Tom Lees (7' Own goal) scored for Sheffield Wednesday.
A run of hard-working displays from the Watford defensive players has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 2 from their last 6 fixtures in total. In that time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 13. In any event, it remains to be seen whether the trend might persist in this game or not.
Analysis of their past results shows that Watford:
- remain unbeaten by Middlesbrough when they have played them away from home in the previous 4 league games. A solid away record against them.
- are undefeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A review of past results between these clubs stretching back to 15/02/2014 reveals that these encounters have been pretty painful for Middlesbrough. They’ve not been able to come away with any wins whatsoever whereas Watford have managed to find a way, winning in 67 per cent of those ties.
A combined sum of 7 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 1 from The Boro and 6 being from The Hornets. That is an average goals per game value of 1.17.
The previous league fixture featuring these sides was Championship match day 1 on 11/09/2020 when it ended Watford 1-0 Middlesbrough.
That day, Watford managed 50% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Their only player to score was Craig Cathcart (11').
Middlesbrough got 11 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target.
The referee was Keith Stroud.
Team News: Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock doesn’t have any fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this clash thanks to a completely injury-free squad ready to go.
Team News: Watford
Owing to an otherwise healthy squad, there is just the one fitness worry for the Watford boss Xisco Muñoz to be concerned about. Tom Dele-Bashiru (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be playing here.
We feel that over the course of the game, Middlesbrough will need to put in a solid display to break down this Watford lineup who we think should be able to grind out a win.
We therefore see a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 winning score for Watford at the end of this one.
It should be a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Riverside Stadium (34,742)
Captain: Britt Assombalonga
Chairman: Steve Gibson
Manager: Neil Warnock
Competitions: Championship position 9
🔑 Star Man: Britt Assombalonga
Usually taking up the Striker position, Britt Assombalonga was born in Kinshasa, DR Congo (Zaire). Having played his first senior match for Braintree Town in the 2011 - 2012 season, the dangerous Forward has contributed 5 league goals in the Championship 2020 - 2021 season to date coming from a total of 29 appearances.