After Tuesday night’s match with Swansea City was postponed, it’s back to Championship football for Rovers this afternoon as they make the trip to Middlesbrough.
Rovers’ last match on the road saw them pick up all three points at Birmingham City in a well-fought victory, but it’s just two wins in ten matches for Mowbray’s men.
The recent poor run of from has seen the Rovers boss come under pressure. and there’s not many harder sides to face than Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough away.
Only two sides (Norwich City and Watford) have picked up more points on home soil than Boro in the last eight matches, and any Neil Warnock side is tough to face away from home.
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Boro come into the match in high spirits after picking up a victory at Nottingham Forest in midweek.
We Meet Again…
Rovers have a strong record against Middlesbrough, having lost just one of their last eleven matches against the North East side – a 1-0 defeat at Ewood Park in February 2019.
Their last visit to the Riverside Stadium came in February 2020, with the sides drawing 1-1 after Lewis Travis’ opener was cancelled out by Hayden Coulson’s tap-in.Embed from Getty Images
Meanwhile, the last fixture was a 0-0 draw earlier this season, which was live on Sky, so you can see why they chose to air this one(!)
The Ones To Watch
Middlesbrough forward Britt Assombalonga is a player that Rovers fans will be familiar with as the DR Congo forward scored in both meetings back in the 2018-19 season, and has five goals to his name so far this season.
Duncan Watmore, who was reportedly subject to Premier League interest this month, is the joint-top scorer alongside Assombalonga, and the duo are likely to lead the line for Warnock’s side.
At the back, Dael Fry and Paddy McNair – the latter previously linked with a move to Ewood – have been a solid duo this season, and only two sides have conceded less than Boro this season.
With not much change expected in terms of availability from the Stoke fixture, I’m only expecting the odd change from Rovers.
Jacob Davenport has impressed from the bench through this season, and formed a solid partnership with Lewis Travis in his only start, and we could see the same here.
Predicted XI: Kaminski, Nyambe, Lenihan. Branthwaite, Douglas, Travis, Davenport, Rothwell, Elliott, Armstrong, Brereton
In terms of the match, it’s going to be tough, that’s obvious. We all know Warnock and how he gets his teams playing, and how hard they are to face.
Given Rovers’ recent history against Boro, especially the reverse fixture back in November, I’m predicted another poor match for the Sky viewers.
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