Two of the Championship’s play off hopefuls go head to head at Ashton Gate this evening, as Middlesbrough travel to Bristol City.

Bristol City currently occupy 5th position in the league table, with 34 points from their 19 league games. Middlesbrough sit just outside the play off spots in 8th place with 29 points from 19 games, however they do have a game in hand on 7th place Leeds United.

FORM

Bristol City have won 4 of their previous 6 games in the Championship, with a 2-1 home victory over high-flying rivals Cardiff City the pick of the bunch. The Robins did however lose their last home game, succumbing to a 2-1 defeat to Preston North End.

Middlesbrough will be eager to bounce back from their embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Derby County last time out. Despite losing their previous away game at Leeds United, Boro’s form on their travels has improved lately, beating both Hull and Reading comfortably.

TEAM NEWS

Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda is set to be ruled out of action for the next 8 to 10 weeks, after having surgery on an ankle injury. Joe Bryan is expected to be fit after overcoming a bruised hip.

Centre back Daniel Ayala is suspended for the trip after picking up a red card in last weeks dismal defeat to Derby. Midfielder Jonny Howson is available for selection again after serving a one game ban. (BBC SPORT)

HEAD TO HEAD

The sides first ever meeting came in 1901 and this will be the 76th meeting between the two clubs. Middlesbrough have the better of the two records, winning on 31 occasions in comparison to Bristol City’s 23 victories. However, the Robins have won their previous 4 encounters against Boro and they will be looking to extend that impressive run. (11v11)

PREDICTION

I think this game is destined for a draw. Middlesbrough will be eager to bounce back from last weeks drubbing, but City will be on a high after their incredible comeback at Hull last weekend.

BRISTOL CITY 1-1 MIDDLESBROUGH


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