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MATCH PREVIEW: MIDDLESBROUGH (H)

21 October 2019

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Everything you need to know ahead of Town vs Middlesbrough

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

Huddersfield Town come into Wednesday night’s Sky Bet Championship game against Middlesbrough looking to extend their unbeaten run of four games.

Danny Cowley’s side drew 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers last weekend and will take the positives from that game into this Yorkshire derby at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Juninho Bacuna scored the all-important equaliser in that game – his third goal in as many matches.

THE OPPOSITION

Middlesbrough come into the clash after a difficult start to the season with the club just outside the relegation places.

Jonathan Woodgate’s side were beaten 1-0 last weekend against West Bromwich Albion and are now five games without a win.

So far this season Middlesbrough have failed to pick up three points on the road with their best away result coming in the first game of the season when Boro drew 3-3 with newly promoted Luton Town.

The last time the two sides met was back in April 2016 where Town fell to a 3-0 away defeat.

However, the last time Town beat Middlesbrough was back in 2013 with two late goals from Alan Lee and Danny Ward enough to earn Town three points.

ONES TO WATCH

Daniel Ayala

Spanish-born centre-back Ayala joined Middlesbrough back in 2013 and has been a commanding figure since joining the Club. Ayala helped Middlesbrough gain promotion to the Premier League in 2015/16 season and also earned himself a spot in the Championship Team of the Season. Last season Ayala made 22 appearances and scored just the one goal. So far this season Ayala has made 11 appearances and has scored just the single goal.

Patrick McNair

The versatile Midfielder has been with the Yorkshire side since 2018 after joining from local rivals Sunderland. McNair started his career with Manchester United and has also represented Northern Ireland over 30 times. So far this season McNair has made 12 appearances scoring two goals.

Britt Assombalonga

The forward joined Middlesbrough back in 2017 for a club-record fee from Nottingham Forest. Assombalonga began his career with Watford before joining Sky Bet League 1 side Peterborough United. During his time with the Posh, the forward would score and impressive 23 goals in 43 games. After one season with the Club, Assombalonga moved to Forest where he impressed yet again and would be snapped up by Boro for a club-record fee. Since joining, the 26-year-old has scored 35 goals in 105 games. This season Assombalonga has found the back on the net four times.



TEAM NEWS – TOWN

Both Terence Kongolo (calf), Herbert Bockhorn (hamstring) and Collin Quaner (hip) were all unavailable for the Blackburn game.

Danny Cowley will give the latest on his side’s team news in the press conference on Tuesday 22 October 2019.

TEAM NEWS – MIDDLESBROUGH

Middlesbrough will be without Captain George Friend as he’s had surgery on a ruptured tendon earlier in the season. Boro will also be without Rudy Gestede after the forward picked up a hamstring injury. Hayden Coulson is also a doubt after recovering from a tendon injury.

TICKETS

Tickets are still on sale for the game at the John Smith’s Stadium for just £10 – CLICK HERE to get yours now!

KIT
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