Episode three of the new Boro Breakdown match preview podcast is live now, with Jonny Bullock previewing Boro’s home game against Barnsley.
The Tykes are sitting uncomfortably in 21st and are looking to bounce back after defeat to high-flying Cardiff City.
Boro, meanwhile, are high on confidence after back-to-back wins against Leeds and Birmingham which have led them to sixth place – just three points from fifth placed Derby County.
Boro manager Tony Pulis told BBC Tees in his post-match Birmingham interview that Patrick Bamford has been nursing a slight hamstring injury and hasn’t trained.
“We had a little problem with Mo, and we won’t know until tomorrow. He’s got a little hamstring issue, maybe the games have caught up with him a little bit. George has got a little strain which we’re looking into. We’re hoping again that he’ll be OK.
- Middlesbrough have not won back-to-back home league matches against Barnsley since February 1984, beating them 3-1 last time out at the Riverside in April 2014.
- The Tykes have never kept a clean sheet at the Riverside and are without one in their last eight trips to Middlesbrough in all competitions since a 1-0 win in April 1992.
- Tony Pulis’ last league meeting with Barnsley ended 3-3 in December 2007 when he was manager of Stoke – the Tykes took the lead three times but a hat-trick from Liam Lawrence gave Stoke a point.
- Since his debut for the Tykes in February, Oliver McBurnie has scored five Championship goals – only Middlesbrough’s Patrick Bamford has more in that time (7).
- Indeed, Bamford has been responsible for seven of Middlesbrough’s last nine Championship goals, including each of their last five.
- Barnsley have not won any of their 15 Championship matches against sides currently occupying the top 10 of the division (W0 D5 L10).
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