Match Preview & Podcast: Burton Albion vs Middlesbrough

Jonny Bullock hosts another episode of the Boro Breakdown podcast, looks back on defeat to Wolves and previews Monday’s game against Burton Albion.

The Brewers are rooted to the bottom of the table following Sunderland’s surprising 4-1 win away to Boro’s promotion rivals Derby on Friday night.

Interestingly, Burton have the worst home record in the division, having only won twice there this season.

To contrast, Boro’s away form throughout the season puts them eighth in the overall away table. They’re unbeaten in their last three away trips but have only one once in those three (Birmingham, 1-0).

The reverse fixture at the Riverside saw a Britt Assombalonga open his Boro account with a brace in a comfortable 2-0 win.

More of the same today Britt?

Team news

Boro have no fresh injuries following Friday’s televised defeat to league leaders Wolves.

Jonny Howson, who was dropped to the bench for that game, has a broken hand but could be brought back into the starting eleven for captain Grant Leadbitter.

Burton too have no injury concerns ahead of the game, with defender John Brayford back from a recent calf injury.

Match stats

  • These sides last met at the Pirelli Stadium in the League Cup in August 2015 – Middlesbrough won the match 2-1 in extra-time.
  • Middlesbrough won the only previous league fixture between the teams at the Riverside earlier this season, a 2-0 victory with two goals from Britt Assombalonga.
  • Nigel Clough and Tony Pulis have only faced each other once previously as managers – Clough’s Derby lost an FA Cup fourth round match 2-0 against Stoke in January 2012.
  • Assombalonga has scored braces in each of his two Championship matches against the Brewers – as well as his brace in the reverse fixture, he also scored twice for Nottingham Forest on the opening day of the 2016/17 season.
  • Burton have won their past two Championship games played on Monday, scoring five goals and keeping two clean sheets.
  • Middlesbrough have kept just two clean sheets in their past 12 away league games, recording shutouts versus QPR and Birmingham.

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