2020-21 Sky Bet Championship: Week Six – Tuesday

Championship leaders, Bristol City face a tough test as they welcome Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough to Ashton Gate.

Victory will keep Bristol City top whilst Boro could climb as high as sixth with a win if results elsewhere swing in their favour.

 

Team News

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Bristol City manager, Dean Holden could rotate his squad with Tomas Kalas, Famara Diedhiou likely to start here alongside Joe Williams, who is fit after recovering from a knee injury.

Nathan Baker (hamstring) and Liam Walsh (quad) however both remain absent, although Walsh is likely to return in the coming weeks.

Middlesbrough could be without Britt Assombalonga after the striker was withdrawn at half-time in Saturday’s goalless draw against Reading.

Ashley Fletcher (hamstring) is ruled out for up to four months and is thought to be unlikely to feature before January’s transfer window shuts.

 

Stat Attack

  • Bristol City are unbeaten in their last three meetings against Middlesbrough (W2, D1).
  • Middlesbrough have won just one of their last five trips to Ashton Gate (W1, D1, L3).
  • Only four of Bristol City’s ten league goals this season has come before half-time.

 

Prediction

Bristol City have made a brilliant start to the season under Dean Holden even though they were made to work harder for Saturday’s draw at Barnsley than they had in their opening four matches, which certainly stand them in good stead against a Boro team who held Reading in a scrappy encounter on Teesside.

One notable aspect of Boro’s play which the Robins will need to be wary of is their organised defending which Reading struggled to break down, meaning that patience might well be a virtue here, even for a team who has scored twice in each of their opening five league matches with a fierce attacking prowess.

This match therefore will definitely be a tough game for both teams but given City’s form, they should be able to find a way past a stubborn Boro defence.

Prediction: Bristol City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Result: Bristol City 0-1 Middlesbrough

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