Middlesbrough vs Hull City: Match preview and predicted line-ups
Middlesbrough host Hull City on Monday evening in a clash between two of this season’s newly promoted clubs.
Just one point separate these two sides with Hull sitting in the bottom three following a drastic slump in league form whilst Middlesbrough are lurking perilously above the drop zone. The hosts have made a relatively solid start to life in the Premier League but have been hampered by a lack of creativity and goals in the final third. Meanwhile, Mike Phelan’s side, despite making a positive start to the new campaign, have suffered an alarming slump that has only been offset by the clubs progress into the League Cup semi-finals following victory in mid-week.
Goals may be in short supply on Monday, but nerves, tension and drama will certainly be present in an abundance.
Middlesbrough have proven to be a staunch and difficult side to beat so far this season but have been handicapped by a lack of goals and an inability to secure victory for themselves. Aitor Karanka’s men have lost just one of their last five Premier League matches, a run that has seen them face Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and reigning champions Leicester City, but can boast of just one win in their last eleven matches.
Hull City were able to secure a place in the League Cup semi-finals after seeing off the challenge of Newcastle United in mid-week. Mike Phelan’s side were taken all the way to penalties by the leaders of the Championship and there will undoubtedly be some tired legs on show when Monday evening arrives. The success of The Tigers in the League Cup has drawn attention away from their awful form in the league which has seen them lose seven of their last nine Premier League games.
Aitor Karanka has no new injury concerns with only left back George Friend, a long-term absentee, due to miss out. Middlesbrough are unlikely to make any changes following their 2-2 draw at Leicester last weekend and supporters will be hoping that Alvaro Negrado can sustain the goal scoring touch that he rediscovered against the reigning English champions.
Hull City could be without up to nine first team players on Monday evening due to injury and illness. Central midfielder Ryan Mason is the latest doubt after missing the mid-week League Cup tie due to illness and faces a race against time in order to be available for selection against Middlesbrough. Mike Phelan will also be without Dieumerci M’bokani after the striker was sent off against Newcastle and must serve a three game suspension.
Middlesbrough Predicted Starting XI
Hull City Predicted Starting XI
Unfortunately this contest does not appear to have the potential to be a free-scoring classic. Only one team has got on the score-sheet in the last four games that these two sides have played and it is likely that the first goal on Monday could well be the decider. These two teams are among the lowest goal scorers in the Premier League this season, so a narrow home win could be the most likely outcome.
Predicted Score: Middlesbrough 1, Hull City 0
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