Match Preview: Cardiff City v Middlesbrough

05 March 2010 05:02
CARDIFF CITY: Enckelman,Quinn,Gerrard,Gyepes,McNaughton,Burke,Rae,Wildig, McCormack,Chopra,Bothroyd.

MIDDLESBROUGH: Coyne,Naughton,Wheater,McManus,Taylor,Aliadiere, O'Neil,Robson,Flood,Killen,Lita

Middlesbrough subs (from): Jones (gk), Hoyte, R Williams, Riggott, Grounds, Franks, Arca, Miller.

Cardiff City subs: Marshall (gk), Taiwo, Blake, Meades ,Capaldi, Matthews, Feeney.

MIDDLESBROUGH: With Scott McDonald expected to be given more time to recover from his hernia problem Gordon Strachan will look to Chris Killen, Leroy Lita and Lee Miller to lead Boro's goal threat. Barry Robson faces a fitness test after picking up a knock on international duty for Scotland while Emanuel Pogatetz's knee problem makes him a major doubt. Jeremie Aliadiere is ready to continue on the left side of midfield with Jonathan Franks offering Strachan an option. Chris Riggott and Rhys Williams could feature.

Suspensions: None

Injuries: McDonald (hernia), Pogatetz, Bates (both knee), Hines (ankle), McMahon (foot)

Last five league games: WLLWW

Leading league scorer: McDonald 14 (14 for Celtic)

Next game: vs Newcastle (H) 13/03/10

CARDIFF CITY: The Bluebirds attempt to get their promotion challenge back on schedule against a backdrop of supporter unrest.Prior to kick-off around 2,000 fans are expected to voice their dissatisfaction with chairman Peter Ridsdale and the clubs board. Manager Dave Jones faces an increasing injury crisis with Peter Whittingham and Mark Kennedy ruled out and Gabor Gyepes doubtful.

Suspensions: None

Injuries: Whittingham (groin), Kennedy (calf)

Last five league games: LLDWL

Leading league scorer: Whittingham 16

Key Player: Michael Chopra - Reliable Championship marksman.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

League head to head: Cardiff 22, Middlesbrough 13, Draws 10

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cheshunt) G27 Y70 R5 Ave: 2.77

Last Middlesbrough game: n/a

Odds: H6/5; A5/2; D12/5

It's a fact: Cardiff are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Middlesbrough.

Comment by ADAM MURRAY: Boro must take something from this game to keep alive their play-off ambitions.

Prediction: 1-1

Source: Northern_Echo