Middlesbrough vs. West Brom: Championship – Match Preview

Two of the favourites for promotion to the Premier League meet on Friday evening as Middlesbrough host West Brom.

Middlesbrough have made a solid start to the campaign, winning three of their opening four matches.

They eased to a 2-0 win away at Bristol City on the weekend, with Martin Braithwaite scoring the opener.

West Brom are starting to find their feet in the Championship and embarrassed Queens Park Rangers last time out.

Matthew Phillips and Jay Rodriguez scored twice as they hit Steve McClaren’s side for seven!

Match history
Both meetings in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign finished level, including a 1-1 at the Riverside.

West Brom are unbeaten in six matches against Middlesbrough, a run stretching back to 2007.

Last five league meetings (Premier League unless stated)
Middlesbrough 1 West Brom 1 – 31/01/17
West Brom 0 Middlesbrough 0 – 28/08/16
West Brom 2 Middlesbrough 0 (Championship) – 17/04/10
Middlesbrough 0 West Brom 5 (Championship) – 19/09/09
West Brom 3 Middlesbrough 0 – 17/01/09

Under 2.5 goals – 3/4 with Bet 365

Team news
Daniel Ayala is close to returning to full fitness for the hosts, however Daniel Fry could still be favoured.

Paddy McNair could earn a start here following his summer move from Sunderland.

Following their 7-1 weekend win, West Brom are unlikely to make changes to the team.

The Baggies have no injury concerns going into the game, however Craig Dawson could continue to miss out after failing to secure a move to the Premier League.

Expected starting XI’s
Middlesbrough (4-3-3): Randolph; Shotton, Flint, Fry, Friend; Clayton, McNair, Howson; Braithwaite, Assombalonga, Downing
West Brom (3-5-2): Johnstone; Hegazi, Bartley, Adarabioyo; Phillips, Livermore, Barnes, Brunt, Gibbs; Rodriguez, Gayle

Predictions

Result: Middlesbrough (3/2 with Sky Bet)

Correct Score: 1-0 (15/2 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Britt Assombalonga (15/8 with Bet 365)

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