MATCHWATCH : Middlesbrough (a) sponsored by Paul Holsgrove

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MATCHWATCH : Middlesbrough (a) sponsored by Paul Holsgrove

by Sutekh » 13 Oct 2020 07:21




When : Saturday, 17th October 2020, 3pm
Where : Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS3 6RS

Now Reading have done it, going to Middlesbrough on the back of the best league start for 35 years and, while I wouldn’t call it the proverbial banana skin (those nightmare scenarios will follow in the next week courtesy of Wycombe and then Rotherham), fan expectation is starting to be raised and perhaps to some anything but 3 points might be seen as a disaster, the world ending and the cause of messageboard meltdowns.

Well as we know only too well there is no such thing as a easy pay out in this league. Whoever you are you can’t just rock up, go through the motions and go home happy, you have to fight and earn those points and none more so in looking for quarter from Mr Warnock.

Middlesbrough have been a right royal pain to Reading for the last few meetings and really are owed, big time. For SEVEN games over the last 5 years Reading have been quite poor in this fixture wherever it’s been played. From those games Reading have managed just 4 goals, conceded 12 and mustered ZERO points. That’s right nothing, nil, zilch, nada, collected not one bean. Even when Woodgate was ‘boro manager last year Reading managed to lose this fixture and now Colin’s got the gig so we know it’s going to be a fight where you have to be on your mettle to get something.

The ‘boro currently sit 10th in the division and are proving very difficult to beat with just the one defeat from the club’s opening day trip to Watford. They’ve also grabbed draws at home to Bournemouth, away at QPR and, like Reading, snaffled a home win v Barnsley. However in each league game they have conceded 1 goal so there is something there for Reading to work on.

Current games suggest Warnock has taken to a 3-5-2 formation which will mean a fairly crowded midfield for this game and make it difficult to try and play through. Like Reading ‘boro play a fairly fluid sort of game so it should be a fairly cagey but interesting battle of wits.

The ridiculously hectic international break has seen some nations forced into 3 games in a week and one of those sides was Northern Ireland meaning Middlesbrough pair George Saville and Paddy McNair are in a gruelling run of games and won’t get back to ‘boro until Thursday. Therefore we can hope they won’t quite be at their best for this one. In addition Grant Hall will miss the game through injury as will Ashley Fletcher with a hamstring problem. However Middlesbrough’s new striker Chuba Akpom is forming a decent partnership with Britt Assombalonga having grabbed 2 goals from 2 appearances already. Finally Middlesbrough have re-signed Man City winger Patrick Roberts on loan this week and are being linked with Chelsea’s Baba Rahman.

Reading are without Swift, Araruna and Yiadom but will have Joao and Ejaria available again. In addition Reading will welcome new signings Esteves and Semedo into the squad for the first time. Esteves is the more likely to start of the two but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him only on the bench given he will only arrive to meet up with his new team mates on Thursday.

The transfer window shuts finally at 5pm on Friday so both clubs may see further comings and goings to the squads on duty. Reading continue to be linked with various names with Joe Pigott (unlikely, imo) and Joel Latibeaudiere (quite possible, imo) seeming to be at the fore currently but we shall see what we shall see.

Referee

Bond is back. After a month away Darren Bond returns in the next installment.

Previously....

12 Sep 20 > Derby County 0-2 Reading
11 Jul 20 > Charlton Athletic 0-1 Reading
14 Jan 20 > Blackpool 0-2 Reading (FA Cup)
26 Nov 19 > Reading 0-1 Leeds United
10 Nov 18 > Reading 2-2 Ipswich Town
15 Sep 18 > Preston North End 2-3 Reading
03 Apr 18 > Aston Villa 3-0 Reading
20 Jan 17 > Reading 0-1 Brentford
30 Nov 17 > Reading 3-0 Barnsley
11 Feb 17 > Reading 0-0 Barnsley
13 Aug 16 > Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Reading
14 Mar 15 > Watford 4-1 Reading
30 Aug 14 > Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading

Historically

Though league games with Middlesbrough stretch back all the way to 1927 they are a bit rare with only 17 played in Middlesbrough to date, most of which have been since the late 80s. Of those 17 Reading haven't done too badly, for a long northern trek to a club that has only ever spent 2 seasons outside of the top 2 divisions, by recording 4 wins to 'boro's 9 however Reading have conceded just over twice as many as Middlesbrough (27 to 13) in that time.

Since 'boro moved to the Riverside Reading have visited on 12 occasions and won 3 but have lost 8 (including each of the last four visits by one goal) so the suggestion is there won't be any sitting on the fence and one side or the other will run out winners.

So a draw may well be a good bet then..

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Middlesbrough (a) sponsored by Paul Holsgrove

by Old Man Andrews » 13 Oct 2020 07:56

Darren Bond is a useless, negligent fcuk.

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by URZZZZ » 13 Oct 2020 11:17

Rafael

Esteves
Morrison
Moore
Richards

Laurent
Rinomhota

Meite
Olise
Ejaria

Joao

Bench:
Southwood
Holmes
Gibson/McIntyre
Semedo
Aluko
Baldock/New Signing
Puscas

Would normally stick with a winning team but we were winning before Joao and Ejaria were out. Harsh on Holmes, Aluko and Puscas but they’ve all shown themselves to be viable options

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by NewCorkSeth » 13 Oct 2020 12:25

Gotta be a start for Esteves right? I mean, he is a right back..

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by Old Man Andrews » 13 Oct 2020 12:28

Holmes did nothing to deserve being dropped. Think the Wycombe game might be a better one to start Esteves in.


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by Snowflake Royal » 13 Oct 2020 12:33

Cabral
Watson*
Richards
Moore
Morrison
Rinomhota
Laurent
Ejaria
Meite
Olise
Joao

Southwood, Holmes, McIntyre, Semedo, Aluko, Puscas, Baldock


And suddenly the bench is looking pretty good.



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by Hound » 13 Oct 2020 14:40

think the only starting decisions are Esteves or Holmes and Aluko or Ejaria if everyone fit. Would give Holmes another run in this one personally, and prob have to go with Ejaria.

Can't believe Gibson won't be in the squad, but it does look like him/McIntyre

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by WestYorksRoyal » 13 Oct 2020 14:54

I'd stick with Holmes. Done nothing wrong, and his height may be useful against a Warnock team. Gives Esteves extra time to settle in too.

Only changes I'd make are Joao and Ejaria back in, which is very harsh on Aluko and Puscas but ultimately I think we'd be better for it.

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by Hound » 13 Oct 2020 14:56

Puscas been dragged round Europe getting thrashed with Romania. Definitely keep on the bench


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by Simmops » 13 Oct 2020 16:08

Who is esteves?

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by skipper » 13 Oct 2020 16:24

Simmops Who is esteves?


A right back we signed on loan last week.

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by Simmops » 13 Oct 2020 16:44

skipper
Simmops Who is esteves?


A right back we signed on loan last week.


From who

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by skipper » 13 Oct 2020 20:33

Simmops
skipper
Simmops Who is esteves?


A right back we signed on loan last week.


From who


Porto

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by Simmops » 13 Oct 2020 20:54

skipper
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A right back we signed on loan last week.


From who


Porto



He looks like he loves a spliff or two

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by Zip » 13 Oct 2020 20:58

Got a feeling Boro will sneak this 1-0. Agree with the likely starting line ups being suggested.

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by skipper » 13 Oct 2020 21:10

Simmops
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Simmops
From who


Porto



He looks like he loves a spliff or two


I'm very comfortable with that

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by Bristol Paul » 13 Oct 2020 21:44

WestYorksRoyal I'd stick with Holmes. Done nothing wrong, and his height may be useful against a Warnock team. Gives Esteves extra time to settle in too.

Only changes I'd make are Joao and Ejaria back in, which is very harsh on Aluko and Puscas but ultimately I think we'd be better for it.


Not sure how Aluko could possibly be dropped after his performance, other than score not sure he could have done much more. Ejaria hasn’t really hit the heights either so I’d stick with a winning team.

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by Sutekh » 14 Oct 2020 13:53

Simmops
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Simmops Who is esteves?


A right back we signed on loan last week.


From who


From whom

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by Simmops » 14 Oct 2020 13:57

Sutekh
Simmops
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A right back we signed on loan last week.


From who


From whom


Portsmouth

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by paultheroyal » 15 Oct 2020 14:20

That Boro forum is bad.

Anyway, apart from the fact they are having a debate about bacon sandwiches and sauces and enjoying playing the Sasima song again, they appear to think its going to be a walkover and our lucky run is about to end. Do the business lads.

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