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3 things to look out for in tonight’s Birmingham vs Middlesbrough match

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Tonight, promotion-chasing Middlesbrough travel to St. Andrew’s Stadium to face Gary Rowett’s ninth placed side Birmingham City.

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It will be a crucial game for Boro as the result could have a huge impact on the division that they will be playing in next season.

Birmingham City technically have nothing to play for themselves, but they will be hoping to give Aitor Karanka’s side a good run for their money.

FLW writer Tom Rawcliffe picks out THREE things to look out for in tonight’s game…

1) Result crucial to Boro’s promotion push

Middlesbrough go into the game in 2nd position, joint with both leaders Burnley and 3rd placed Brighton and Hove Albion.

After this match, Boro will have just one game left to play and that will be against Chris Hughton’s very much in-form Brighton side at the Riverside.

If Middlesbrough take all 3 points from tonight’s game then that will put them in a very good position to go and seal promotion next Sunday, where they may only need just a point to go up.

2) Birmingham’s form

Just at the end of January, the Blues occupied a position in the top six but their recent form has led to a downturn in fortune and they now sit 10 points outside of the play-offs.

After the play-offs seemed a huge possibility for the majority of the season, their recent form has seen their season peter out.

They sit 20th in the Championship form table over the last 15 games, during which they have accumulated just 3 wins and 14 points which is nothing like promotion form.

But they will hope to play much better tonight and get back to winning ways after no wins in 4 games.

3) Jordan Rhodes

After his move to the Riverside from Blackburn Rovers for £9 million in January, he somewhat struggled for goals for a period of time which is something we are definitely not used to seeing with Jordan Rhodes as he has 187 career goals to his name.

But recently, he has seen himself back in the goals, scoring 2 vital goals in the comeback against Bolton Wanderers and also another vital goal away at Burnley.

He will no doubt be looking for another goal tonight and he could just be the man to sent the Teeside club up into the top flight.

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