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Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers compete against each other at Riverside Stadium on Wednesday evening after both of them had collected four points from their first two championship games.
After a draw in the first week of the campaign, victories over Bristol City and Hull City were recorded over the weekend.
Prediction for this match
When Neil Warnock saw his players succumb to Blackpool in the EFL Cup, he did not hesitate to criticize the level of performance on Bloomfield Road.
His players and the club’s supporters reacted in the same way, however, which earned Warnock praise as Boro celebrated an important 2-1 triumph over Bristol City.
Although the season is just beginning, Warnock will be delighted to have got the reaction he wanted with the two signing goals Uche Ikpeazu and Matt Crooks.
After speaking openly about his squad’s lack of strength, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Boro made a number of loans before the end of the transfer window.
Still, there is optimism in the Northeast that Warnock has already made some smart additions to stay close to the playoffs for the long term.
The same goes for their closest opponents, who demonstrated their undisputed potential driving past Hull City at the KCOM Stadium.
Mark WarburtonThe team’s considered the dark horses of promotion this year and there is every reason to believe that the hoops will be in the running by the end of the season.
Even in the absence of Charlie Austin, QPR looked a class superior to its hosts, their three hits came from Chris Willock, Lyndon Dykes and Rob Dickie.
Willock appears to have found his home after moving to Benfica didn’t pay off early in his career and Warburton will be confident the playmaker can keep the promise he originally teased at Arsenal in his youth.
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The extra day of rest could encourage Warnock to pick the same Middlesbrough XI from the weekend.
Marcus Tavernier and Duncan Watmore remain absent due to injury, probably abandoned Djed Spence further on the right side of the midfield.
Despite his high profile summer arrival Martin Payero is expected to stay on the bench.
QPR could also be unchanged from the weekend as a number of those absent are unlikely to return to the roster.
After surviving an hour unscathed against Hull, Iliad chair will likely survive the nod André Dozzell.
Middlesbrough possible starting line-up:
Lumley; Dijksteel, Fry, Hall, Bola; McNair, Howson, Crooks; Spence, Ikpeazu, Jones
Queens Park Rangers possible starting line-up:
Dieng; Dickie, De Wijs, Barbet; Odubajo, Ball, Johansen, Wallace; Chair; Willock, Dykes
Probability: Middlesbrough 1-2 Queens Park Rangers
With both teams feeling confident after the weekend, we expect a tightly-fought battle at Riverside Stadium. While the home team will have the support of their fans, we believe that QPR’s added quality in attack will make all the difference.
Best betting tip for this match
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