Blackburn v Middlesbrough predictions: Boro can push in the promotion picture | Sports News

Lynne Cameron

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Lynne Cameron

Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough in the Championship on Monday.

where to watch

Sky Sports Football & Main Event, 7:45 p.m. Monday

Best bet

Middlesbrough
1pt 15-8 general

Team News

Blackburn
Ben Brereton Diaz is out on international duty, while Tyrhys Dolan, Bradley Dack, Harry Pickering, Ian Poveda-Ocampo and Dilan Markanday will be out through injury. Ryan Myambe is back from suspension and Lewis Travis is back from illness.

Middlesbrough
New signings Riley McGree and James Lea Siliki are on international duty while Marcus Browne and Marc Bola are out.

Match preview

Chris Wilder has turned Middlesbrough’s season on its head since taking charge in November and the Teessiders can continue their promotion charge with victory in this heavyweight clash with fellow top flight Blackburn.

Boro have won seven of their last eight games in all competitions and another win here would see them just four points shy of second place in automatic promotion.

Blackburn enjoyed a similar run in the run-up to Christmas but have won just one of their last four games, including a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Hull in midweek.

Ben Brereton Diaz, who would be a shoo-in for the league’s top scorer were it not for the efforts of Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, has scored almost half of Rovers’ 44 goals this season but misses his encounter, on international duty with Chile .

Sam Gallagher and young Reda Khadra will have to step in to prove that this team isn’t just a group of men.

Outstanding goalscoring is one area where Middlesbrough have struggled this season, with their top scorers Matt Crooks and Andraz Sporar on six each.

Wilder has loaned out two highly rated Premier League youngsters in the form of Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun and Brighton’s Aaron Connolly and they could prove to be the final piece of the puzzle.

The back three of Dael Fry, Paddy McNair and Anfernee Dijksteel are as good as any in the second tier and have been instrumental in the team’s strong defensive record recently, conceding just three in the second tier. their last seven league matches.

Boro’s main creative force, Isaiah Jones, has also been in fine form and bagged seven assists this season.

Problems off the pitch, namely the club chasing Derby, did not distract from on-pitch matters and Wilder’s side showed great courage and determination, claiming injury-time winners in their last three games.

Former Boro player, captain and manager Tony Mowbray will be in the opposite dugout and the Blackburn boss will overrule the decision to move this game for TV coverage, meaning star man Brereton Diaz is unavailable.

With Bournemouth’s recent dip in form, the race for automatic promotion is well and truly on and Middlesbrough can set a marker with a win at Ewood Park.

Boro has seen many false dawns in recent years, but with Wilder at the helm, fans may once again start dreaming of a return to the Premier League.

Key stat

Middlesbrough have won seven of their last eight games in all competitions


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 2:55 PM, JANUARY 23, 2022

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