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Match Preview: Middlesbrough

8 March 2019

Middlesbrough vs Brentford, KO 3pm, Saturday 9 March.

The Opposition

Boro are one of only two clubs in the top six that Brentford have left to face this season, the second being Sheffield United on Tuesday night. Both games fall away from home, adding even more incentive for The Bees given our recent road form.

Tomorrow's home side have won two of their last three games, including a 2-0 win over QPR at The Riverside. The Reds have only lost one of their matches in 2019, 1-0 to Sheffield United in February. When Griffin Park played host, Boro came away with a 2-1 win thanks to Jordan Hugill and Marcus Tavernier. 

Team News

Fullback George Friend is hoping to return from a hamstring injury, however Aden Flint has missed the last three games with a similar problem and could do so tomorrow. 

The Bees are without Rico Henry still, and Luke Daniels could miss out for a third match in a row. Ellery Balcombe originally filled in on the bench but then picked up an injury of his own, allowing Patrik Gunnarsson to step up last week.

The Boss

Tony Pulis is the man in charge at Boro and has been since December 2017, taking over from Garry Monk. Prior to that he was at West Brom for three years, finishing 14th, 10th and then finally were relegated from bottom of the Premier League. Crystal Palace were the team before for only a season, but that followed on from two spells at Stoke City.

As a player, Pulis was a defender. He started his career in 1975 at Bristol Rovers, the club that awarded him the most career appearances. Moves to Newport County and AFC Bournemouth were quickly followed by a spell at Gillingham.

Last Meeting

Pre-Match Features

Ezri Konsa: 'If we change our mindset, we can get results'

New Stadium: A bird's eye view

Thomas Frank: A preview of the Middlesbrough match

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will bring you live coverage from the game with Chris Wickham and Dave Morely on commentary from the North East. 

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