Middlesbrough hosts Bristol City in round 32 of the English Championship. The match will be played on Tuesday, February 23rd at Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough)
Middlesbrough relied on Neil Warnock. This experienced specialist is considered one of the best in the Championship, and he brought his teams to the Premier League more than once - even those who were considered as the middle peasants of the division. Truth be told, his teams didn’t manage to gain a foothold in the elite, but that's another story. Now the manager headed the popular but dwindling club. In the 2019/2020 season, Middlesbrough finished 17th. However, it is far from certain that the team will be able to reach even the playoff zone. But after a recession (one point in the previous five rounds), the Reds managed to beat Huddersfield and Reading and came closer to the cherished zone.
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Bristol City is considered as a strong middle peasant in the Championship. And even after a long streak of failures, the team still has a comfortable 10-point lead from the relegation zone. Bristol City has been losing in seven rounds in a row. Moreover, the Robins managed to score in only one match during this segment (but still lost 2-3 to one of the leaders, Brentford). But before this decline, they gained five victories in seven matches, taking into account the successes in the cup. In the last round, Bristol City had chances to finally interrupt this black streak at least with a draw. The scoring was not opened for more than an hour in the match with Barnsley, but the Robins didn’t manage to gain even a goalless draw. Substitute Carlton Maurice scored the only goal in the 67th minute. It is not surprising that there is no permanent mentor now - after the resignation of Dean Holden, his duties are performed by Downing and Simpson.
Curiously, the home team in this pair cannot win five times in a row. Middlesbrough and Bristol City won two games each, and there was a draw in the summer of 2019. Middlesbrough has stepped up in recent rounds, and Bristol City is in a protracted decline. We recommend betting that the hosts will win on Tuesday.
Prediction for the match: Middlesbrough to win