MX23RW : Monday, November 12 18:39:03
Sep 20, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough
4-0
Brentford
FT

Preview: Middlesbrough vs. Brentford

Sports Mole looks ahead to Brentford's trip to the Riverside to face Middlesbrough in the Championship.

Middlesbrough will be looking for their third win in a row when they host Championship newcomers Brentford this weekend.

Aitor Karanka's side made it back-to-back wins when they secured a 1-0 victory over Cardiff City in their midweek trip to South Wales, leaving them ninth in the table heading into this weekend.

However, the manager has confirmed that they will be without Damia Abella for the next six months after the defender suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament during Tuesday's match.

Meanwhile, Brentford will be hoping to bounce back from just their second defeat of the season after they were beaten 3-0 by Norwich City earlier this week.

Despite the loss, the Bees remain in the top half of the table in 11th, just two points off the playoff places.

The team are not expected to have any new injuries for Saturday's match, but will continue to be without Scott Hogan, who is a long-term absentee with a knee injury.

This will be the first time that these two sides have played since 2003, when Middlesbrough knocked Brentford out of the League Cup with a 4-1 win.

Recent form

Middlesbrough: LWLLWW

Brentford: LWDWWL

Possible starting lineups

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Ayala, Omeruo, Nsue Lopez, Friend, Adomah, Clayton, Reach, Leadbitter, Tomlin, Martinez

Brentford: Button, Tarkowski, Bidwell, McCormack, Dean, Judge, Douglas, Dallas, Odubajo, Pritchard, Proschwitz.

Sports Mole says: 2-0

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An injured Damia Abella of Middlesbrough looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Middlesbrough at Cardiff City Stadium on September 16, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds UnitedLeeds1786329171230
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd179352719830
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1784537251228
6Derby CountyDerby178452520528
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest176922316727
8Swansea CitySwansea177551913626
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn176832021-126
10Queens Park RangersQPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham CityBirmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke CityStoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan AthleticWigan176291926-720
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds175572130-920
18Preston North EndPreston174672630-418
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull City174491624-816
23Bolton WanderersBolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich TownIpswich171881428-1411

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