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Preview: Middlesbrough v Rovers

Tony Mowbray returns to the Riverside looking to get one over on his former side

6 December 2018

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Rovers travel to Middlesbrough looking to make it two wins on the spin.

Here’s our guide to Rovers’ trip to Teesside…

STATE OF PLAY

Rovers got back to winning ways at home to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, with a 4-2 victory over the Owls. Danny Graham scored his first hat trick in 10 years to help Rovers claim all three points, while Bradley Dack bagged a hat trick of assists for the striker.  

That win moved the Blues up to 10th position in the Sky Bet Championship table, with 29 points from the opening 20 games. 

As always, we'll be bringing you team news and live updates via social media. Fans can follow the action on our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm. 

TEAM NEWS

Darragh Lenihan will be assessed ahead of the game. He missed the last two games with a hip injury, but Tony Mowbray said in his pre-match press conference that the centre-half came through training okay.

Fellow defender Jack Rodwell didn’t train on Thursday and is likely to miss out again with concussion, after being ruled out of the win over Sheffield Wednesday. Elliott Bennett is also out with a fractured metatarsal, however Amari’i Bell is back in contention after a hamstring injury kept him out of the last match. 

OUR OPPONENTS

Tony Pulis’ side are one of the promotion favourites and are living up to that billing so far this campaign. They currently sit fourth in the table, four points off the automatic promotion places. 

Keeping a tight ship at the back, Boro have conceded 13 goals all season – a league low, and boast a formidable away record, losing just once on the road. However, they come into this fixture off the back of a 3-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa on Saturday. 

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

You can still buy tickets for this weekend's trip to the Riverside Stadium. Click here, call 01254372000 or visit the ticket office to purchase yours.  


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