Match Preview: Middlesbrough


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We turn our Focus to Fulham’s sixth Friday night game of the season as in form Boro travel to the Cottage. Woodgate’s men sit third in the form table with 13pts from their last six matches but suffered defeat in midweek to Spurs in the FA Cup. Parker’s Black and White army come off the back of the clubs first win at the KCOM Stadium against Hull City and will hope the extra FA Cup game last Tuesday has taken it out of the Boro players, giving Fulham the edge.

Head To Head

  • Fulham wins 25 | Draws 12 | Boro wins 29.
  • Fulham are unbeaten in their last 4 against Boro.
  • In the last 12 meetings, both sides have won 4 each and there have been 4 draws.
  • There have been three 0-0’s in the last 9 meetings, including last time out when Marek Rodak was sent off after 17 mins.
  • However, there hasn’t been a 0-0 draw at Craven Cottage since 13th August 2011.

Middlesbrough in 2019/20

  • League Position: 16th.
  • League Form: DWWWW.
  • Average Possession: 46.5%.
  • Top Scorers: Ashley Fletcher (8), Britt Assombalonga (6).
  • Form Table (Last 6 Matches): 3rd (13pts).
  • Discipline: 50 Yellows | 4 Reds.
  • Clean sheets: 9.
  • Both teams have scored in 12 of their 27 league matches so far.

Players in Common

Pat Roberts

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Fulham: 22 appearances (2014-2015).

Boro: 2 appearances (January 2020-present).

Calum Chambers, Cyrus Christie, Mark Crossley, Ryan Fredericks, Jonathan Greening, James Husband, Tomas Kalas, Andy Lonergan, Frank Queudrue, Mark Schwarzer, Mickael Tavares & Pat Roberts.

Will’s View (@TrustyFulhamFan)

We go into Friday’s big game with 1 loss in our last 6, possibly starting to gain a little bit of consistency, however, it is Fulham so who knows. Fulham’s win against Hull was crucial, and perhaps surprising. After a 3-0 loss to the Tigers at home, we really showed fight and determination to get the away win. There also must have been a massive confidence boost with the win against Premier League side Aston Villa, which was a hard-fought victory. Middlesborough are also on excellent form winning 4 out of their last 5 league games, whilst losing 2-1 to Spurs in an FA Cup replay.

A win could see 3 wins in 3 for the whites, giving us more hope for the rest of the season to come. Whilst Brentford are in top form and sit 1 point above us in 3rd place, Leeds and West Brom seem to be dropping points for fun, meaning it is our time to capitalize on this and get a good string of results going. As we know Mitrovic is currently out for the next few weeks, and perhaps a new signing may come in later on, but for now, Bobby Reid is looking like the player to take Mitro’s spot up top. McDonald played in midfield against Hull alongside Reid and Onomah, and with Reid possibly pushing up top, I can see McDonald starting again with Cairney and Onomah. However, there are plenty of options with Scott able to start Arter or Johansen over him, or play a 5 back and get Bryan back into the team. There are plenty of options in all three quarters of the pitch and it will be interesting to see how many changes Parker makes. I think we will win this one under the Friday lights, 2-0. Come on Fulham!