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Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion v Middlesbrough

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16 Apr 2010 16:45:19

Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion v Middlesbrough

WEST BROM Carson Reid Olsson Tamas Cech Brunt Koren Dorrans Mulumbu Bednar Cox McDonald Killen Arca Williams Robson Franks Naughton Wheater McManus Hoyte Jones MIDDLESBROUGH West Brom subs (from): Kiely (gk), Mattock, Meite, Barnes, Morrison Slory, Miller, Wood Boro subs (from): Coyne (gk), Grounds, Bennett, Taylor, Pilatos, O'Shea, Miller, Lita MIDDLESBROUGH: Boro's eight match unbeaten run has been built on a solid back four but Gordon Strachan continues to tinker with his strike force. Scott McDonald is expected to start leaving Leroy Lita, Lee Miller and Chris Killen to contest the remaining place. Rhys Williams hasn't trained all week but will play at the Hawthorns despite suffering a painful pelvic injury. Suspensions: None Injuries: Aliadiere (toe), Pogatetz (knee), Flood (ankle), Hines (knee), McMahon (ankle), Bates (knee) Last five league games: WWDDW Leading league scorer: McDonald 17 (3 for Boro) Next game: Coventy City (H) 24/4/10 WEST BROM: The home fans are likely to be in jubilant mood for this 5.15pm kick-off but Roberto Di Matteo will expect his promoted side to put on a professional show for the Hawthorns faithful. Darlington-born James Morrison has recovered from a hamstring injury in time to be included in the squad that faces his former side. Suspensions: None Injuries: Zuiverloon (thigh), Jara (foot), Thomas (hamstring) Last five league games: WDWDW Leading league scorer: Dorrans 12 Key player: Graeme Dorrans - Arguably the best midfielder in the Championship Last season: 3-0 League head to head: Boro 36, W Brom 30, draw 19 Referee: Grant Hegley (Hertfordshire) G35 Y48 R2 Av1.42 Last Middlesbrough game: n/a Odds: H18/19; A10/3; D13/5 It's a fact: The father of Baggies star fan Frank Skinner played for Spennymoor United before the Second World War. Comment by Scott Wilson: Boro will be hoping the Baggies are distracted by the Hawthorns' promotion party but they can expect no gifts from Roberto Di Matteo's side. Prediction: 2-1


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