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MATCH PREVIEW: MIDDLESBROUGH (A)

23 December 2019

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Everything you need to know ahead of Middlesbrough vs Town

- Preview ahead of Middlesbrough vs Town
- All the info on Jonathan Woodgate’s side
- Tickets still available for the game

Huddersfield Town travel further North to take on Middlesbrough on Thursday 26 December in the Sky Bet Championship at the Riverside Stadium; 3pm kick off.

The Terriers go into Thursday’s game on the back of a dramatic home win over Nottingham Forest, with Christopher Schindler and Steve Mounié making it onto the scoresheet.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Woodgate’s side will be wanting to build on their 2-1 win against Stoke City last time out.

This is the second time the two sides have met this season. They met just two months ago, in October, when Middlesbrough travelled to the John Smith’s Stadium for a 0-0 draw.

THE OPPOSITION

Ahead of Thursday’s game, The Reds sit 20th in the Sky Bet Championship, just one point behind the Terriers.

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Jonathan Woodgate’s side will be looking to build on their good record at home. They have picked up 19 of their 24 points so far this season whilst on home ground.

As aforementioned, Middlesbrough will be hoping to make the most of their good fortunes at home and extend their unbeaten home run to six games.

ONES TO WATCH

Ashley Fletcher

The forward joined Middlesbrough in July 2017 for £6.5 million from West Ham United. His first goal for the club came as the last of three in a 3–0 win against Scunthorpe United on 22 August 2017 in the EFL Cup. Fletcher’s found himself a mainstay in Woodgate’s starting XI, making 22 appearances for Boro’, including 19 starts. So far this season he’s found the back of the net four times and had three assists.

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Marcus Tavernier

The 20-year-old midfielder joined Middlesbrough’s Academy at Under-14 level, becoming a regular for the side in the Premier League 2. He made his professional debut for the Club in the second round of the EFL Club against Scunthorpe United in August 2017. This season has seen Tavernier make 17 appearances, score two goals and have two assists.

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Daniel Ayala

The Spanish-born centre-back has been a mainstay of Woodgate’s starting XI, starting for Boro’ 20 times so far this season. Ayala has been wearing the captain’s armband for Middlesbrough while George Friend is injured and has one goal to his name in the current Sky Bet Championship campaign.

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TEAM NEWS - TOWN

Tommy Elphick (knee), Alex Pritchard (knee), Fraizer Campbell (hip), Collin Quaner (hip) and Lewis O’Brien (calf) were all unavailable for the Nottingham Forest game.

TEAM NEWS - MIDDLESBROUGH

Anfernee Dijksteel (knee), George Friend (tendon), Darren Randolph (thigh) and Ryan Shotton (ankle) are ruled out of Thursday’s game due to their respective injury problems.

There's a 50/50 chance that Britt Assombalonga will feature as he currently tries to shake off an injury sustained against Charlton Athletic.

Paddy McNair and Marcus Browne also won’t feature on Thursday due to suspensions.

TICKETS

Tickets are still on sale for the game at the Riverside Stadium – CLICK HERE to get yours now!

Tickets will remain on sale from Town's Ticket Office until 11am on Tuesday 24 December 2019.

Town fans will be able to buy tickets on match day at the Riverside Stadium, paying IN CASH ONLY from the away Ticket Office at the ground.

KIT

Town will be wearing the navy away kit at the Riverside Stadium on Thursday – CLICK HERE to buy yours ahead of the game!

Please note that there are very limited sizes available as the away kit is so popular.

iFOLLOW HTAFC

Huddersfield Town fans that live outside the UK can watch the game live with an International Match Pass for £5.

Supporters who are in the UK will be able to listen to in-game commentary from the Riverside Stadium if they purchase an Audio Match Pass. The audio commentary is also available to those supporters who have monthly or season iFollow HTAFC passes.

CLICK HERE to subscribe to iFollow HTAFC!

 


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