Sometimes it can be refreshing to get an outsiders perspective, so when oneBoro.co.uk reached out and asked if we wouldn’t mind publish a preview from them here on HammyEnd – we happily said yes!
Boro finally returned to winning ways on Tuesday night against Cardiff City. With Hull, Burnley and Brighton all winning their games, it could have been a costly night in the race for the Premier League. However, it could prove to be the turning point Boro have been searching for after failing to win in their previous five Championship games.
Prior to the Cardiff game, thoughts were that of a fresh group of fixtures to focus on. After spending last week at a training camp in the sun, this was a great start to a busy schedule of fixtures.
For Boro fans, it would be great to see Jordan Rhodes find the back of the net at Craven Cottage, with the Scot failing to score in the previous two games. As the man brought in to score the goals, it’s vital Rhodes remains confident and this will happen by scoring on the weekend.
The most important thing, however, is the 3 points. It’s set to be a tough match by the River Thames with Boro looking for their first win in three away trips in the Championship. With a trip to Blackburn coming up in mid-week, now would be a great time for Middlesbrough FC get back to winning ways on the road.
Team news for Boro, ahead of the match at Craven Cottage, sees Ben Gibson return from suspension and likely to return to central defence, however his defensive partner, Daniel Ayala, is close but not ready for action. Adam Clayton is still suspended after picking up 10 yellow cards for the season.
Boro fans are hoping the attacking mentality shown in the win against Cardiff was just the start, of what will hopefully be a very successful run of fixtures in the lead up to Easter.
Score prediction – Boro 3, Fulham 1
// Rob – oneBoro.co.uk
Kick off at 3pm (GMT) at Craven Cottage today!