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Middlesbrough: Boro's season to date

TONY Pulis' side are in the play-off positions but have suffered when playing at the Riverside this season.

Position: 5th

Best Day Out: West Brom 2-3 Middlesbrough - 2nd February 2019

Albion came from behind to lead 2-1 before Britt Assombalonga's double gave Pulis victory on his first return to the club who sacked him in November 2017. George Saville's neat finish into the bottom corner gave Middlesbrough the lead, while Jay Rodriguez hit back for Albion just before half-time. Dwight Gayle put the hosts ahead after the break with a deflected effort.

One to Forget: Middlesbrough 0-3 Aston Villa, 1st December 2018

Boro's eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end after a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa. Goals from James Chester, Tammy Abraham and Glenn Whelan saw Pulis’s side fall to their second defeat on home turf this season.

Top Goalscorer: Britt Assombalonga – The forward has netted 12 times in all competitions this season

Number of clean-sheets: 14

Points picked up at home: 24 – Least number of points out of all the teams in the top half of the table

Points picked up on the road: 30 – Only two teams have accumulated more points on the road (Norwich, WBA)

Key Player: Aden Flint – The towering centre-half is key for what is predominantly a defensive-minded side. His aerial ability is perhaps the strongest part of his game but he missed the last match through injury and is also a doubt here.

Emerging young talent: Dael Fry – The England Under-21 international has become a regular in Tony Pulis’s defence and despite his young age has shown great potential and maturity playing in both a back three and back four.

Previous Result: Blackburn 0-1 Middlesbrough - 17th February 2019

Boro bounced back to winning ways as a solitary Britt Assombalonga strike was enough to get the better of Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Last time out against the R’s: QPR 2-1 Middlesbrough - 15th December 2018

Rangers returned to winning ways thanks to a deserved 2-1 victory against one of the Sky Bet Championship promotion favourites in Middlesbrough.

Pawel Wszolek got the ball rolling for QPR with a close-range effort in just the fourth minute, ahead of Tony Pulis’ charges drawing level through George Saville in the 51st minute. It was Steve McClaren and his Rangers team who were ultimately triumphant, though, after Nahki Wells’ emphatic finish on 60 minutes.