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biggest game of the season so far for the Cherries as they could earn their safety.
They have not had their captain George Friend on the field for enough matches wither having played in about half the games. Ben Gibson has had a good season for them having made the most passes, the highest number of tackles and being played in all their 10 clean sheet matches - he's a player that perhaps Eddie Howe could do well to take a look at.
Despite some brave performances at the back, away games have been a lonely journey for Boro fans wanting to see wins. They beat Sunderland in their second game of the season but despite excellent draws with Man City and Leicester City away there have been few highlights if any on the road. They of course need to win almost every game now but who honestly gives them a hope of picking up half the remaining points on offer? Man City Chelsea and Liverpool are all in their last few games and so the match against AFCB has to be a must win you'd think.
The problem is it's not just on the road that Boro have faltered. Monday's defeat to Arsenal made it 15 games in a row for them without a win. Something has to change at Boro, but I'm not expecting a rearguard revival any time soon. This is the perfect opposition for AFCB to climb to safety and there can't be any excuses if they don't pick up the points on Saturday.
AFCB Home Form
Middlesbrough Away Form
Tributes will be held for former Middlesbrough player Ugo Ehiogu on Saturday who passed away this week after a heart-attack.