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Middlesbrough (A) Match Preview

Middlesbrough
vs.
Reading

Riverside

25th February 2012

3.00 pm KO

It's a promotion chasing clash at the Riverside, as sixth place Middlesbrough play host to fourth place side Reading. Boro are unbeaten in five games, while Reading are looking for their fifth win in a row.

Vital Quotes:

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray - 'Reading are a team who you know will give everything for their manager for the full 90 minutes. They've got quality in the wide areas and they've added Jason Roberts, who'll be a big physical threat. But if we can get three points we'll be back on track for where we want to be, in the mix with a lot of other clubs but with a platform to try to finish the season strongly.

Reading manager Brian McDermott - 'Middlesbrough have got a good team. They have three in midfield and a front three who provide a lot of movement. They're solid at the back too so it'll be a good game. Things have moved on for both teams since the draw at Madejski earlier this season.'

Middlesbrough Team News:

Midfielder Barry Robson will face a late fitness test after picking a thigh injury during the week. Fellow midfielder Julio Arca is also out, so Nicky Bailey could deputise, as Kevin Thomson is suspended.

Player to watch: Marvin Emnes

The tricky Dutchman has been Middlesbrough's best player this season and their top scorer, with 14 goals so far this season.

Reading Team News:

Captain Jobi McAnuff should be fine after making a shock return last week against Burnley, when it was feared he would be about for a month. Defensive duo Shaun Cummings and Andy Griffin have recovered from injury but McDermott could still stick with Connolly and Harte at full-back.

Player to watch: Jason Roberts

The experienced frontman has scored three goals in four games for the Royals and could prove to be handful for the Boro defence.

Reverse fixture:

Reading 0 - 0 Middlesbrough

Match Prediction:

The Riverside is always a tough place to go, a 1-1 draw would be the most likely result that would satisfy both teams.

Next Fixtures:

Middlesbrough - Portsmouth (A) - Saturday 3rd March - nPower Championship

Reading - Millwall (A) - Saturday 3rd March - nPower Championship


Writer:Josh
Date:Friday February 24 2012
Time: 4:33PM

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