Middlesbrough play their first home game of the season today since being relegated to the second tier of English football, and their opponents are newly promoted Sheffield United, who will be playing their first Championship away game since 2011.
Last time out
The last time these two sides met was way back in April 2011 where Middlesbrough ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Matthew Bates and Marvin Emnes.
How they shape up?
After an opening day defeat to Wolves, Garry Monk’s side will be looking to record only their second league win since the turn of the year but they’ll have to be on top of their game as today’s opponents are no push overs.
Sheffield United go into this game with two wins in two.
After an opening day win against Brentford thanks to a goal from their skipper Billy Sharp they followed up that victory with a 3-2 win in the cup against Walsall.
I expect this game to be a tight one with the main battles being won and lost in midfield and for that reason I can see Boro just edging this one.
The game won’t be a pleasing one to watch for the neutral but I think Middlesbrough will just have that little bit of quality in midfield to unlock a resilient Sheffield United defence.
Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United
Result: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United
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By Jake Self