Match Preview: Middlesbrough v Coventry City

23 April 2010 06:21
MIDDLESBROUGH Jones Hoyte McManus Grounds Naughton Robson ONeil Williams Franks McDonald Killen

Morrison Eastwood McIndoe Clingan Gunnarsson Bell Barnett Cranie Wood Wright Westwood COVENTRY

Boro subs (from): Coyne (gk), Taylor, Riggott, Bennett, Arca, Pilatos, O'Shea, Miller, Lita Coventry subs (from): Konstantopoulos (gk), Hall, Baker, Clarke, Hussey, Wilson, Jeffers, Sears

MIDDLESBROUGH: Gordon Strachan will resist the temptation to use the visit of his former club to experiment with tactics and expects his players to thrill the crowd in their final home game of the season. David Wheater, who sat out the game against West Brom with an ankle injury, is likely to be sidelined once again but striker Leroy Lita is in contention after he recovered from a virus and Joe Bennett is expected to be OK after picking up a knock for the reserves. Rhys Williams trained this week and will play despite continuing to suffer from a pelvic problem. Suspensions: None Injuries: Aliadiere (toe), Pogatetz (knee), Flood (ankle), Hines (knee), McMahon (ankle), Bates (knee) Last five league games: LWWDD Leading league scorer: McDonald 17 (3 for Boro) Next game: Leicester City (A) 2/5/10

COVENTRY CITY: Chris Coleman brings his 17th placed side to the Riverside with doubts over the fitness of on-loan striker Freddie Sears and defender Martin Cranie who have suffered ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Veteran full-back Marcus Hall is on standby if Cranie fails to recover. The Sky Blues are ending the season disappointingly, having failed to win in their last nine matches. Injuries: Stead (knee), Deegan (ankle), McPake (groin and knee), Ben Turner (ankle) Osbourne (knee) Last five league games: DLLLD Leading league scorer: Morrison 11 Key player: Kieran Westwood - Goalkeeper linked with a move to the Premier League this summer

Last season: n/a League head to head: Boro 11, Coventry 14, draw 12 Referee: D McDermid (London) G30 Y102 R4 Av3.53 Last Middlesbrough game: n/a Odds: H4/6; A9/2; D11/4

It's a fact: Eighth-placed Boro are at their highest league position since the turn of the year Comment by Andy Richardson: With Strachan insisting Boro's pre-season has started hell expect to see his players lay down a marker for next year. Prediction: 3-0

Source: Northern_Echo

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