Today, Middlesbrough take on Millwall at The Riverside Stadium, knowing a win will confirm their place in the playoffs.
Boro currently sit in fifth place, three points above their opponents today who find themselves in seventh place after a remarkable of form in the second half of the season which has seen them stage this unlikely playoff push.
Tony Pulis will welcome striker Patrick Bamford to the squad after the Boro boss confirmed the forward had returned to training this week.
Bamford suffered a horrific injury when he went off injured two weeks ago in Boro’s 2-1 win against Bristol City however, the striker won’t be expecting to just walk back into the starting xi because stand in striker Britt Assombalonga scored in Boro’s last win against Derby so he’ll be hoping he can keep his place in the starting lineup.
Millwall on the other hand will be without veteran striker Tim Cahill, the Australian international admitted a Football Association violent conduct charge and accepted a three-match ban.
Neil Harris will continue to be without defender Byron Webster as he works his way back from injury and the Millwall manager will also be without Ben Thompson as the midfielder is set to miss the game with an ankle injury.
‘Get our fans behind us’
Ahead of the game today Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has urged the home fans to get behind the team, the Welshman told the official Middlesbrough website:
“The big thing is that we play the way we have played and get our fans behind us.
“The support against Bristol City after we went a goal down was absolutely extraordinary, fantastic.
“We followed that up with tremendous support at Derby.
“Tomorrow we’ve got to make that stadium rock.
“We’ve got to make everyone to understand and recognise that we’re a group, it’s not just the players on the pitch it’s the people in the stands.
“They’re a proud lot, it’s a very good area in terms of proper supporters, and we really do need them tomorrow.”
Going into this game Millwall take confidence in the fact they are unbeaten away from home in their last nine games, seven wins and two draws.
Boro on the other hand have only won one in their last five at home against Millwall, a 3-0 win back in March 2015.
Going into this game Middlesbrough already have one foot in the playoffs whereas Millwall find themselves in the uncomfortable position of playing catch up after their defeat last week against Fulham.
However, I think Boro should get the job done today but it won’t be easy.
Prediction: Boro 2-1 Millwall
Result: Boro 2-0 Millwall
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By Jake Self