3rd December 2011, 12:34am
Bristol City vs Middlesbrough Betting: Improving hosts can pick up another win over sliding Boro side
Middlesbrough have started falling away from the top two in the Championship and in order to maintain any kind of touch with them they have to beat Bristol City in front of the Sky cameras in the Saturday tea time Championship clash. Bristol City are in an upturn in form since Derek McInnes took over and Ashton Gate isn’t the easiest place to visit at the best of times so this promises to be an intriguing encounter.
Bristol City comes into this match having won four and drawn just two of their last six matches as they’ve pulled out of the relegation zone and look to be heading towards mid table safely. Lewin Nyatanga picked up an injury in the midweek game at Watford so looks set to miss out here but Jon Stead, Jamie McAllister and Louis Carey are all hoping to be selected for this game. Nicky Maynard will be the chief threat for the Robins.
Middlesbrough’s big problem is scoring goals. They’ve only scored 23 of them in 19 games and because of that they have drawn too many. Tony Mowbray will be hoping that midfielder Barry Robson can return here but Kevin Thomson remains sidelined with the injury which has kept him out recently. Marvin Emnes scored a flurry of goals at the start of the season but they have dried up in recent weeks which coincides with Middlesbrough’s drop in form.
I think Bristol City can keep their impressive recent record in this match. Boro’s struggle for goals concerns me because Bristol City have no such concerns in that area. In fact they should be a lot higher up the table than they are and slowly but surely they are edging that way. In contrast I think Middlesbrough are slightly outperforming themselves and are slowly coming back to where they should be. The home side are on the upward curve here and are my selection in this match.
Back Bristol City to beat Middlesbrough for a 4/10 stake at 2.75 with Blue Square