Championship side West Bromwich Albion will take it head on with Middlesbrough on 02/02/2019 in yet another interesting Championship action. The teams which are back to back on table standings are going to clash at The Hawthorns stadium at 15.00GMT. The teams are equally strong and the match is most likely to end in a tie.
West Bromwich Albion at number four in the table standings seems to be doing well. With a four match run without losing, they are not going to let off this streak go down easily. It has shown its agility and intent to finish among the top teams in the championship with the prospects of being elevated to the next tier. Their FA Cup goalless draw against Brighton shows a team which is not ready to let go of their target easily. This match will be equally important for them as it is for their opponent hence it is going to hold their grounds to the last whistle. Camping on their home advantage, they might emerge with a point or three and not less.
With having gone for six matches without losing Middlesbrough is showing their resolve for the big picture; the cup or elevation. They have been displaying interesting action. A few adjustments during their travel to The Hawthorns can see them bag all the three points. But for now, it is easy for them to settle for a draw.
At number 5, a win Middlesbrough during this fixture will put them level point-wise with the fourth placed West Brom while a win for West Brom will enable them extend their lead against the opponents by 6 points and at least reduce the pressure on their side. This fixture pities two teams which are going to do all it takes to take at least a point home. Having beaten West Brom during the first leg 1-0, the pressure is now on West Brom not to be beaten twice.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Middlesbrough Head to Head
The two teams have clashed 15 times. Of these, West Brom has won 5 and Middlesbrough 5 as well. They have drawn 5 times as well. A look into their past head to head action, here is how things turned out for each:
- Middlesbrough 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
- Middlesbrough 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
- West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Middlesbrough
- Middlesbrough 0-5 West Bromwich Albion
- West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Middlesbrough
- Middlesbrough 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
- West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Middlesbrough (pen 4-5)
- West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Middlesbrough
Mattew Phillips is ruled out from this fixture due to an ankle injury for West Bromwich Albion. The team will also most likely have to do without the services of James Morrison and Chris Brunt who have been nursing ankle and calf injuries respectively.
Sam McQueen and Harry Chapman are not likely to make an appearance during this fixture for Middlesbrough.
Odds and Prediction
You can find the latest odds here.
Though west Brom is playing at home, Middlesbrough is going to give them a tough time. Their 90 minutes is going to be sweaty without a clear win. With both teams’ record so far our best bets will be as below:
- Both teams to score
- The match to end in a draw at fulltime
- Middlesbrough to score first