Friday, 7 November 2014

Top of the table clash: Boro v Cherries bring it on

What a big tie we have coming up this weekend. Forget keeping off the radar, AFCB are going to be slogging it out with Middlesbrough at the top of the Championship for the chance to lead the table going into the international break. The Boro have also been on a good run of late, picking off Norwich and Rotherham ad drawing with Watford with Wolves their only defeat in their last 10 matches
Boro are going well and could go top so expect a very difficult game.
Like the Cherries, Boro have had four defeats but have conceded fewer goals. Boro's 4-0 win against Norwich is the result that made me rub my eyes in mid-week. It was a massive win for them and striker Grant Leadbitter grabbed a couple of goals on the night, including one from the spot. Lee Tomlin though was the creator and the cause behind much of the Canaries problems in that game setting up Leadbitter for his second. For once Enrique Garcia Martinez did not score but he is there No9 and one that the Cherries will also have to keep close tabs on along with Patrick Bamford who is on loan from Chelsea and getting among the goals. Albert Adomah is another player that has been highly rated in their side but he came off after 49 minutes on Tuesday.

Karanka has got the Boro playing extremely well and I don't think there will be a tougher away match for the Cherries to face this season. It is not every day that you get first playing second and while the Cherries are away from home I expect them to put up a good fight. Ryan Fraser expressed in his post-match interview after the Sheffield Wednesday match that they want to stay top and that will mean they have to go for the win with so many chasing sides close behind them. Boro have not lost at hoe since losing to Reading 0-1 on 30 August.

Middlesbrough Home Form:

AFCB Away Form:

Congratulations to Eddie Howe and Callum Wilson for picking up their SkyBet Manager and Player of the month awards!

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