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Match Preview: Middlesbrough v Bristol City

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Bristol City will be hoping for their first victory of the season when they make the long trip to take on the unbeaten Middlesbrough.

Karanka's side face Bristol City

Karanka’s side face Bristol City

The Robins have endured a difficult baptism on their return to the Championship, suffering three straight defeats against Sheffield Wednesday and Brentford as well as League Two Luton Town in the Capital One Cup.

Things looked bad when they went 2-0 down against Leeds United at Ashton Gate on Wednesday, but a spirited late rally saw Kieran Agard pull one back with a minute remaining before Aden Flint equalised deep into stoppage time to send the home fans into hysteria.

Steve Cotterill’s side will have drawn some much needed confidence from that result, but know they will have their work cut out against the promotion favourites at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough are looking strong despite only winning one of their first three games.

Preston North End held them to a goalless draw on the opening weekend, but they produced a dominant display against a helpless Bolton Wanderers in a 3-0 victory.

They looked set for all three points against Derby County in the battle of the promotion favourites on Tuesday, however Johnny Russell’s 88th-minute equaliser meant they had to settle for one.

Kike is in good form and will fancy adding to his total of three goals, against the side that have conceded 11 in all competitions.

The two sides last met in the 2012/13 season, but City’s double over Boro was not enough to prevent them from relegation to League One.


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