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Prediction: Middlesbrough vs Bristol City – preview and betting tips

Foot Predictions shows Tuesday’s championship clash between Middlesbrough and Bristol City, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.

Middlesbrough will be eager to take another step towards the championship playoff positions when they host Bristol City on Tuesday.

Eighth, Boro is currently three points out of the top six, while the Robins’ terrible recent recovery has left them 15th.


Match analysis

A Middlesbrough win on Tuesday would tie the team on points, with Bournemouth in sixth place, before the Cherries face seventh-placed Cardiff City 24 hours later. The Boro themselves then play Bluebirds over the weekend.

Neil WarnockThe team’s men made a statement of intent on Saturday when they won 2-0 away from home in fifth place at Reading, with both goals occurring within seven minutes of the first half. Ashley Fletcher and Marc Bola.

Warnock later suggested that “it has been such a good performance against a good team since I’m here” and the result marked Boro’s second consecutive victory, after not winning in the previous five.

Although the win was only the second clean sheet in 12 league games, only five league clubs have conceded fewer goals than Teeside’s team this season.

Middlesbrough’s 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town in their last home game ended a series of four consecutive losses at Riverside.

George SavilleBoro’s goal earned Boro a 1-0 victory over Bristol City in this season’s reverse game at Ashton Gate – just the third time he has triumphed over Robins in the last 12 attempts.

Bristol City's Nahki Wells celebrates his second goal with teammates on January 23, 2021

However, they can feel confident on three more points on Tuesday, as Bristol City appears to be a club in crisis on the pitch.

The 1-0 loss to Barnsley on Saturday was the seventh consecutive loss in all competitions, a streak that caused them to fall out of the playoffs to the middle of the table and 10 points behind the top six.

Joint janitor managers Keith Downing and Paul Simpson were tasked with stabilizing the ship that follows Dean Holdenis resigning last Tuesday, but the club appears to be no closer to appointing a new boss.

Since the beginning of 2021, only Huddersfield Town and Wycombe Wanderers have scored fewer points than Bristol City, and only the Chairboys have conceded more goals.

After winning five of the first eight out-of-season games of the season, the Robins have now lost their last seven away games in the league, as well as leaving the FA Cup for Sheffield United.

Things can’t be easier for them either, since after the trip to Riverside, they face the top six opponents, Swansea City and Bournemouth.

Middlesbrough Championship form: LDLLWW

Bristol City Championship Form: LLLLLL
Bristol City Form (all competitions): LLLLLL


All news from the teams

Neil Warnock, Middlesbrough manager, photographed on January 16, 2021

Neil Warnock switched to a defense three in Middlesbrough’s last two games and won both, so he is expected to maintain the same system on Tuesday night.

Britt Assombalonga and George Saville are pushing for recalls, while Warnock hopes to have Marcus Tavernier, who missed the last six games due to an injury, available sometime next week.

Paul Simpson admitted that Bristol City had 15 players unavailable against Barnsley and that none would be ready to return at Riverside.

This list of injuries may get longer as you Henri Lansbury was retired on Saturday with an Achilles problem.

Steven Sessegnon will be assessed before the trip to Teeside after playing 76 minutes against Reading on his return from a long hamstring injury, while Nahki Wells I could go back to the early side.

Possible initial lineup of the medium:
Bettinelli; Dijksteel, Fry, McNair; Fisher, Morsy, Howson, Saville, Bola; Fletcher, Watmore

Possible initial lineup for Bristol City:
Bentley; Moore, Kalas, Mariappa; Hunt, Vyner, Massengo, Palmer, Sessegnon; Diedhiou, Wells


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Probability: Middlesbrough 2-0 Bristol City

It is difficult to see beyond a Middlesbrough win in this one. Boro looks rejuvenated since Neil Warnock’s move to a three-goal defense and his victory at Reading will give them a lot of confidence. Meanwhile, Bristol City is at the other end of the spectrum – at the bottom of the well, with little hope of scoring three points.



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