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STAR PREVIEW: Fulham v Middlesbrough

Jonathan Woodgate has turned things around full scale at Middlesbrough since their 4-0 loss at Leeds and he can pull off another result at Fulham this evening. Boro looked in serious trouble of going down back in November but Woodgate has managed to turn the fortunes of a young side – which does have plenty of players that can be described as top half quality – around in sensational style.

Woodgate deserves huge credit for the turnaround, especially in the attacking fortunes of Middlesbrough, with Ashley Fletcher improving massively since being moved out wide, allowing for Britt Assombalonga to play much more of a finishing role in the centre of the park.

Coming to Fulham will be a fair test of this recovery – Scott Parker’s men have beaten Aston Villa in the FA Cup and they followed that up with a 1-0 victory over Hull last week when Ivan Cavaleiro scored the winner. Cavaleiro has had an excellent season for Fulham (has directly contributed to 12 of Fulham’s goals, with six goals and six assists) but the victory came at a cost, with Aleksandar Mitrovic – the joint-leading goalscorer in the Championship with 18 goals – taken off on a stretcher.

It’s impossible to overestimate his importance to the side despite the fact Fulham do have Anthony Knockaert and Bobby De Cordova-Reid, along with the potential recall of Aboubakar Kamara, and but Middlesbrough can prove to be very tough opposition regardless.

Fulham v Middlesbrough
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OCT 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP Middlesbrough 0-0 Fulham
JAN 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Middlesbrough 0-1 Fulham
SEP 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham 1-1 Middlesbrough
AUG 2016 EFL CUP Fulham 2-1 Middlesbrough
OCT 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham 0-2 Middlesbrough
APR 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham 4-3 Middlesbrough
OCT 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Middlesbrough 2-0 Fulham

Middlesbrough are unlucky not to come here looking for a sixth straight Championship win, having bossed their 2-2 draw with Derby (won shot count 15-7, won shots on target count 5-3, won corner count 5-2 and did so all with less possession) and they performed with great credit against a strong Spurs side in the FA Cup in both their original tie and the replay.

Middlesbrough might be 16th but they lead the Championship’s form table with 17 points from their last eight games & whilst travelling to Fulham is a tall task for any side in this division, since November, Middlesbrough have won at both West Brom and Preston on the road, showing they are capable of matching the task. All things considered, 3/1 looks big for them to take another scalp.

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