Three things to watch out for as Middlesbrough take on Bournemouth

Middeslborough host Bournemouth this Saturday looking to improve on their recent record at the Riverside. Aitor Karanka’s Boro are yet to win at the Riverside since their return to the Premier League, a record they will be keen to address. It is an old adage that newly promoted teams sink or swim on the basis of their home form. Scoring goals has been the main issue, with just three goals in four home games and Jordan Rhodes consigned to a place on the bench. Summer acquisition Adama Traore has been a real bright spot lately, and Teesiders will be hoping he can continue his fine form.

 

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, however make the long trip to the north east in buoyant mood after a positive run of results. The Cherries rather limped over the line last term, and many pundits though they would struggle to stay afloat with some fearing the effects of ‘second season syndrome’. Howe’s side conceded goals a plenty last season, particularly at the Vitality Stadium, but have been far more frugal in recent weeks. If they can maintain this level of defensive stability they could be in for a good season, because they have the attacking talent to cause most sides problems. The south coast outfit are well placed in 10th going into Saturday’s game. We suggested three things to look out in Saturday’s game…

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