Middlesbrough v Burnley: Match Preview

Burnley travel to Middlesbrough on Saturday as they continue the search for their first away win of the season.

Boro are unlikely to make it easy for the Clarets though, with Steve Agnew’s men desperate for three points in a late bid to beat the drop.

The game sees last season’s top two go head to head, but the contrast in fortunes for the two sides couldn’t have been more different this season.

Burnley sit in the relative comfort of mid-table on 35 points going into the game, but safety is still not assured, but another win should see the Clarets safe.

Middlesbrough, on the other hand, are marooned in the relegation zone, seven points adrift of Hull City and their fight to stay in the top flight looks to be grinding to a halt.

Team News:

Middlesbrough are hopeful that Gaston Ramirez will make Saturday’s game, but they will be without the services of Fabio, after the left back came off against Swansea with concussion.

Calum Chambers and George Friend remain sidelined for Boro, while Bernardo could return at the heart of the defence.

Dean Marney is the Clarets only long-term injury absentee, while Johann Berg Gudmundsson has returned to full training, but Saturday will come too soon for him.

Steven Defour is also looking likely to miss out on Saturday, after picking up a thigh injury in Tuesday’s victory over Stoke City.

Recent Form:

Middlesbrough have lost six of their last 10 league games and haven’t won in the league since victory over Swansea on 17th December. Boro’s last league loss came on Wednesday night, going down 4-2 to Hull City at the KCOM.

Burnley’s form has only been marginally better than Saturday’s opposition, with their only win in the last eight games coming on Tuesday against Stoke. The Clarets are still winless on the road, losing 12 of their 15 away games so far this season.

Previous Meetings:

These two sides met on Boxing Day at Turf Moor, and Burnley ran out 1-0 winners, courtesy of a late Andre Gray goal. Burnley have had a relatively good record against Boro of late, registering two wins out of three, with the other game being a draw. Middlesbrough played Burnley three times last season, with Boro having the edge in the league, winning one and drawing one, but the Clarets knocked Middlesbrough out of the FA Cup on their own patch.

Match Stats:

Middlesbrough come into this game on the back of a 13 match winless run.

Burnley haven’t won in their last 15 attempts on the road.

Middlesbrough and Burnley have only scored over one goal in one of their last 10 league games.

Predicted Line-Ups:

Middlesbrough –

Boro team v Burnley

Burnley –

Team v Boro

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