Middlesbrough will make the trip to the City of Manchester stadium on Monday and will be hoping to come on top after the end of the match. Manchester City have not lost at home in the league this season and will be looking to keep up this statistic. They don’t have a good record this season anyway with winning only 2 of the 9 matches they have played this season. They were beaten convincingly by Wigan 4-0 away from home and Stuart Pearce will surely be feeling the pressure. Middlesbrough have won 2 matches in a row and will be looking to make it 3 when they travel to Manchester.
Ben Thatcher comes back into the City line up after completing his 8 match ban, which he picked up after a dubious challenge on Pedro Mendes. Slyvian Distin, Vassel, and Hatem Trabelsi will all be looking to come back from their injuries to take on Middlesbrough. Mark Viduka will be unavailable for this match after being ruled out for about 2 months with a broken toe. Chris Riggot on the flipside will be looking to come back after missing out on a few matches for the Teessiders. Whether or not he will make the starting line up is not known but would definitely feature at some point in the match.
This could be a tricky encounter for both the teams as both of them are placed next to each other in the Premiership table too. There is very little to choose between them. I would go for a draw in this match and at the odds of 3.10, it looks like a strong bet. If you were an optimist I would look at Middlesbrough nicking this one or atleast wining a half. Middlesbrough to win either half in this match is at the odds of 1.83.