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City Go To The Riverside

Middlesbrough
vs.
Birmingham City

Riverside Stadium

21-08-2011

15:00

Blues come back from Portugal and head straight off to Middlesbrough for this Championship game.

City are boosted by a 0-0 draw against Nacional, their first European trip for nigh on 50 years, they will be looking for another tight display from the defence as they set about trying to get a point or three from Boro.

Boro are unbeaten in four games so far this season. Barnsley, Leeds and walsall have all suffered defeats on home soil while Boro's only home game so far was a 2-2 draw with Portsmouth.

This one won't be easy.

Vital Quotes:

'Our performance on Thursday night gave us confidence, but it will be a very tough game on Sunday.

'Middlesbrough are a team that are very much in form and scoring a lot of goals.

'Tony Mowbray is moulding a team into the way he wants them to play.

'I've seen them play this season, as has my first team coach.

'They use the wings and the pitch very well.

'In a couple of games I've seen they've played two wingbacks - Hoyte on one flank and a lad called Bennett on the other flank and certainly Bennett gets forward and plays almost like a winger.

'So, it's a little bit of a different system and whether they'll play it on Sunday I don't know.
(official website)

Middlesbrough Team News:

Belgium midfielder Faris Haroun goes straight into the Middlesbrough squad after signing a three-year deal with the club on Thursday.

Tony McMahon is available after serving a one-game ban but full-back Justin Hoyte remains a doubt after suffering a recurrence of his thigh strain.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-4-2): Ikeme; McMahon, McManus, Bates, Bennett; Williams, Robson, Arca, Bailey; Emnes, McDonald.

Subs: Coyne (gk), Hines, Martin, Smallwood, Haroun.

Player to watch: Marvin Emnes - Striker

Scored in all four games so far this season, now has six including a hat trick at Walsall.

Birmingham City Team News:

Birmingham are without Cameron Jerome (heel), Marlon King (knee) and Nikola Zigic (groin).

Keith Fahey, Morgaro Gomis and Scott Dann have been carrying knocks.

BIRMINGHAM CITY (4-5-1): Myhill; Carr, Caldwell, Davies, Murphy; Burke, Spector, Beausejour, Fahey, Redmond; Rooney.

Subs: Doyle (gk), Dann, Wood, Asante, Hubbins.

Player to watch: Stephen Carr - Defender

34 but still solid

Match Facts & Stats

There have been 101 league and cup matches between these clubs; Middlesbrough have won 29, Birmingham 41 and 31 have finished all square.

They last met in the Premier League at St Andrews in December 2007, when Birmingham gained their first points in four outings with the Teesside club.

The winning club has kept a clean sheet in each of their last five league meetings.

Match Prediction:

1-1

Next Fixtures:

Europa League Th 25Aug 2011 Birmingham v NacionaL

Championship Su 28Aug 2011 Watford v Birmingham

Championship Su 11Sep 2011 Birmingham v Millwall


Writer:Foxxy
Date:Sunday August 21 2011
Time: 2:23PM

Comments

0
I'm expecting nothing from this game, I'll go for 3-0 to boro.
Clist
21/08/2011 14:25:00
0
I'm expecting nothing from this game, I'll go for 3-0 to boro.
Clist
21/08/2011 14:25:00
0
Dont agree, we'll do far better than that and only lose 2-0
marky bcfc
21/08/2011 14:28:00
0
Dont agree, we'll do far better than that and only lose 2-0
marky bcfc
21/08/2011 14:28:00
0
Where is your faith lads, how about a nice 1-1 draw or even 0-0?
dinky dunk
21/08/2011 14:37:00
0
Where is your faith lads, how about a nice 1-1 draw or even 0-0?
dinky dunk
21/08/2011 14:37:00
0
sign forssell up he would do a job for us im sure forssell would give his all for this club he loves.i would have forssell over zigic anyday of the week.we need players fast & forssell want`s to pull on that blue shirt again & score goals for us what more can you ask for?SIGN HIM UP !
dinky dunk
21/08/2011 15:01:00
0
sign forssell up he would do a job for us im sure forssell would give his all for this club he loves.i would have forssell over zigic anyday of the week.we need players fast & forssell want`s to pull on that blue shirt again & score goals for us what more can you ask for?SIGN HIM UP !
dinky dunk
21/08/2011 15:01:00
0
Not a disastrous result by all accounts but obviously things need to change. First of the squad depth. Obviously we need more but what or how? Carter and lualua are apparently still on trial and I think we should snap them up. Not amazing but we have to remember we're a championship club now and we need to strengthen. Carter will works his socks off and loves the club. Lualua is a striker. Need I say more. Surely we must be able to attract other frees as well. Koumas? I've mentioned him before but I can't believe he hasn't been snapped up already. I'm not even going to suggest any paid transfers before I see any evidence to suggest we have some cash to splash. Loans. I'm not sure how many we can get but surely we can get some talent from the PL, especially if we can progress in the Europa. I'm sure the big teams would love to see the youngsters getting euro action early. Time. It's still early and I'm sure 6/7 games in we'll improve dramatically. Time for the team to gel. Time for injured ("injured" for Zigic) players to return. I just hope blues fans can wait before demanding hughtons head. No doom and gloom. 3 games in is nothing. Early days. Marathon not a sprint etc.
dinky dunk
21/08/2011 20:43:00
0
Not a disastrous result by all accounts but obviously things need to change. First of the squad depth. Obviously we need more but what or how? Carter and lualua are apparently still on trial and I think we should snap them up. Not amazing but we have to remember we're a championship club now and we need to strengthen. Carter will works his socks off and loves the club. Lualua is a striker. Need I say more. Surely we must be able to attract other frees as well. Koumas? I've mentioned him before but I can't believe he hasn't been snapped up already. I'm not even going to suggest any paid transfers before I see any evidence to suggest we have some cash to splash. Loans. I'm not sure how many we can get but surely we can get some talent from the PL, especially if we can progress in the Europa. I'm sure the big teams would love to see the youngsters getting euro action early. Time. It's still early and I'm sure 6/7 games in we'll improve dramatically. Time for the team to gel. Time for injured ("injured" for Zigic) players to return. I just hope blues fans can wait before demanding hughtons head. No doom and gloom. 3 games in is nothing. Early days. Marathon not a sprint etc.
dinky dunk
21/08/2011 20:43:00
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