2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 28 – Friday

After narrowly crashing out of the FA Cup in midweek, Middlesbrough look to continue their resurgent Championship form as they visit Fulham at Craven Cottage. 

A home win will temporarily send the Cottagers up to third, whilst Boro can at least temporarily climb to 14th with victory. 

 

Team news

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Aleksandar Mitrovic is ruled out for Fulham with ankle ligament damage suffered during the Cottagers’ 1-0 away win at Hull last weekend.

Tom Cairney could start after only making the bench at Hull as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.

Middlesbrough boss – Jonathan Woodgate could again rotate his squad as they play their third game in six days.

Britt Assombalonga, Daniel Ayala, Ryan Shotton (all ankle), George Friend (tendon) and Anfernee Dijksteel (knee) all remain ruled out. 

 

Form

Fulham enter this match with just one loss in their last five league matches (W3, D1, L1), whilst keeping just one clean sheet in their last five home games across all competitions. 

Middlesbrough saw their four match winning league run ended by a 2-2 draw against Derby on Saturday before losing their FA Cup replay at Tottenham in midweek, although they have scored in each of their last five away trips in all competitions. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Fulham have lost just two of their last seven league games against Middlesbrough (W2, D3, L2).  
  • Middlesbrough have kept just one clean sheet in their last six league trips to Craven Cottage (W2, D1, L3), doing so in a 2-0 win in February 2016.  
  • Boro have won just one of their last five away trips to London in all competitions (W1, D2, L2).

 

Prediction

This will be a tough tie between two in-form teams but I haven’t been impressed by Fulham’s defence lately, which presents a big opportunity for Boro if they can start quickly with their pressing game and get the Cottagers wobbly from the get-go. 

Scott Parker will however set his team up with this in mind so I can vision a game of cat and mouse between these two teams, especially given Boro’s poor away record at Craven Cottage which adds extra unpredictability to this fixture. 

I therefore am going for a scrappy draw given Boro’s inconsistent league record in London, although this should be a good game for the neutral fans.

Prediction: Fulham 1-1 Middlesbrough

Result: Fulham 1-0 Middlesbrough

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