BRISTOL CITY VS MIDDLESBROUGH PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Bristol City was eliminated last Tuesday in the Carabao Cup. In a home game against Plymouth Argyle, it was the fastest with 0-1. Middlesbrough fared better. After ninety minutes, the 3-3 final score against Notts County was reached, but in the penalty series Boro triumphed 4-3. What can we expect Saturday in the competition at Ashton Gate?
Bristol City has started the season with two draws. In the first game this was a great result against the strong Nottingham Forest (1-1), but in the away match against the weak Bolton Wanderers everyone around City had counted on more. The only positive was that a point was reached after a 2-0 deficit.
Assistant coach Dean Holden with his reaction: ‘In the first half we had so much ball possession, but Bolton was more effective in the completion. Five minutes after half-time there was still some pressure from Bolton, but then we took over the initiative and Weimann and Paterson made it 2-2. This is ultimately a good result, as Bolton won West Bromwich Albion a week earlier (1-2). The players have shown character and I am proud of them. ‘
At Bristol City they had introduced the competition start differently. Internally they had counted on four points. There is already a lot of pressure on the team. And then, just in round of play, let Middlesbrough be the opponent.
Middlesbrough won last Tuesday evening at the expense of Notts County from the League Two. After ninety minutes, the 1-1 final score was reached, after which a penalty series immediately followed. Boro won it 4-3, making it a round further. Manager Tony Pulis had released his entire base team for this encounter. The competition in which Boro leads the list is considered more important, so that next Saturday eleven fit players will kick off.
Middlesbrough has won two home games of Sheffield United (3-0) and Birmingham City (1-0) so far. In the away match against Millwall was narrowly played with 2-2 equal.
Pulis was content with the victory at Birmingham City: “We played a great match. It is only a shame that we only won 1-0. At times we need to be more energetic. We should have won 7-0 or 8-0 today. ‘
Next Saturday, Middlesbrough is likely to expect more opposition if it crosses the swords with Bristol City.
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / NO @ 1.82