Middlesbrough will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 3-1 Championship loss in their previous game against Bournemouth.In that game, Middlesbrough managed 41% possession and 8 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Middlesbrough was Duncan Watmore (63'). For their opponents, Bournemouth got 7 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Philip Billing (14'), Jefferson Lerma (67') and Dominic Solanke (83') scored for Bournemouth.
Over their preceding 6 fixtures, Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough have managed to score a total of 9 times - an average number of goals scored per match of 1.5.
Their past results show that Middlesbrough haven't beaten Watford in their last 8 matches in the league and haven't been defeated in their previous 3 league matches at home.
Watford come into this match following a 1-0 Championship win to beat Sheffield Wednesday in their most recent fixture.
In that match, Watford managed 48% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Sheffield Wednesday had 8 shots at goal with 1 on target. Tom Lees (7' Own goal) scored for Sheffield Wednesday.
A run of hard-working displays from the Watford defensive players has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 2 from their last 6 fixtures in total. In that time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 13. In any event, it remains to be seen whether the trend might persist in this game or not.
Analysis of their past results shows that Watford remain unbeaten by Middlesbrough when they have played them away from home in the previous 4 league games. A solid away record against them and are undefeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A review of past results between these clubs stretching back to 15/02/2014 reveals that these encounters have been pretty painful for Middlesbrough. They’ve not been able to come away with any wins whatsoever whereas Watford have managed to find a way, winning in 67 per cent of those ties.
A combined sum of 7 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 1 from The Boro and 6 being from The Hornets. That is an average goals per game value of 1.17.
The previous league fixture featuring these sides was Championship match day 1 on 11/09/2020 when it ended Watford 1-0 Middlesbrough.
That day, Watford managed 50% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Their only player to score was Craig Cathcart (11').Middlesbrough got 11 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target.
Team News: Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock has no fitness worries to speak of before this match thanks to a fully injury-free squad to choose from.
Team News: Watford
Thanks to a largely healthy group of players, there is just a single fitness issue for the Watford boss Xisco Muñoz to be concerned with. Tom Dele-Bashiru (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be playing here.
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