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Middlesbrough vs. Watford

The Riverside Stadium

19.03.11

15:00

Middlesbrough Preview - Away, March 19th

Watford head to Middlesbrough fresh from their 3-0 trouncing of Ipswich Town at Portman Road in midweek.

Tony Mowbray's 'Boro have improved under the former Celtic and West Brom man but have as yet failed to really impose themselves on the higher echelons of the league.

Malky Mackay on Lee Hodson

The gaffer tells The Watford Observer that Lee Hodson has an outside chance of playing on Saturday:

"Lee came out and took part in the warm up today [Thursday] and we will see tomorrow whether he can play on Saturday. He will travel with the squad, it is just a matter of whether he will play.

"Lloyd suffered a heavy knock on his knee and we will see tomorrow whether he will play."

Middlesbrough Team News:

'Boro have a plethora of injuries to contend with ahead of this one.

Leroy Lita (hamstring), Jason Steele (side), Julio Arca (knee and toe), Andrew Davies (hamstring), Matt Bates (hamstring), Danny Coyne (hernia), Will Flood (thigh), Kevin Thomson (leg) and Justin Hoyte (hamstring) are all out.

Line-up Vs. Portsmouth: Smith; McMahon, Hines, Williams, Bennett, Robson (c), Bailey, Smallwood, Taylor, Lita and McDonald.

Player to watch: Nicky Bailey

Box-to-box midfielder signed from Charlton for a seven figure fee after a hugely impressive two seasons at the Valley.

The former non-leaguer previously turned out for Barnet and Southend before moving to South London where he notched double figures twice in two years before the Addicks were relegated.

Watford Team News:

Lloyd Doyley could miss the Middlesbrough clash whilst Lee Hodson could be fit for a quick return from an ankle injury.

If both were to miss out Adam Thompson and Aidy Mariappa would play at full-back.

Dale Bennett would come into central defence.

Stephen McGinn is a long-term injury with knee ligament damage.

Likely Line-up: Loach; Thompson, Bennett, Taylor, Mariappa; Eustace (c); Cowie, Jenkins, Buckley; Deeney and Graham.

Player to watch: Troy Deeney

The bulky forward 'scored' against Ipswich only to see the goal later handed to Danny Graham and has impressed in recent weeks.

Whether he starts out wide or up top in his natural position, Deeney always gives 100% and will be looking to prove the doubters wrong.

Match Facts & Stats

Middlesbrough home form: Lost Vs. QPR, Drew Vs. Forest and Won Vs. Derby.

Head2Head Form: Boro 4-1 Watford (06/07), Boro 0-1 Watford, Watford 1-1 Boro (09/10) and Watford 3-0 Boro (10/11)

Watford away form: Drew @ Doncaster, Drew @ Swansea and Won @ Ipswich.

Ref Watch:

Referee: Mr G SUTTON Assistants: Mr G Stott & Mr D Storrie Fourth Official: Mr D McCallum

Match Prediction:

Another win for Watford. Middlesbrough are in a transitional season (again) and Danny Graham and co. will look to take full advantage of that once more.

Match Odds

Middlesbrough: 11/8 Totesport

raw: 5/2 Victor Chandler

atford: 9/4 Victor Chandler




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The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 18 2011

Time: 11:55AM

Your Comments

A game that could go either way. Recently we have been setting up with 5 in midfield (Deeney right) for the first 20 ish. Very flexible formation. Recent games have seen Cowie push up to support Graham, Deeney doing the same. Jenkins making runs from midfield and Buckley playing on the right and left wing. A taste of what you might see tomorrow! Hopefully Doyley plays. We have kept 3 clean sheets in our last 4 games!
chriswfc
It worked well at Swansea by all accounts so I'm not surprised we've stuck with it. 4-4-2 is too rigid nowadays so I'm pleased to see Malky moving with the times. COYHs
wfc123
Intimadating home crowd will make this a hard match.. I really hope we can get the three points to keep the push for the play-offs going.. With Lita being out it's a good thing for the Hornets. Lita seams to play well against us... Come on you horns....
watford1881
 

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