Brighton vs Middlesbrough
Amex Stadium, 18 October, KO 15:00
316 miles and 14 league places separate these two sides who will meet on Saturday for the first time since March. In their last transnational duel Middlesbrough recorded a 2-0 victory with goals from Albert Adomah and loanee Danny Graham. This win prompted a four matching winning streak offering a glimmer of hope at the end of a transitional season.
Having proved themselves unbeatable in September, Aitor Karanka’s men will be hoping to continue their strong run of form, which leaves them firmly in the promotions places. Despite their five game unbeaten run at home, Brighton have only won one of their last eight matches and find themselves at the wrong end of the table. Their positive football and unusual two-at-the-back experiment has drawn high praise, but at this stage the fans may be happy to settle for a few scrappy wins to send the Seagulls soaring up the table.
After an international fortnight, both teams will be rosy cheeked and hoping to kick-start the winter run-in with a victory.