Middlesbrough just missed a golden opportunity to break into the top 6 when losing to Blackburn in the previous round. In the upcoming match when staying at home to welcome Coventry, teachers and coaches Neil Warnock must naturally aim for 3 points to return to the race to win promotion tickets.
Possessing 68% of the ball and creating an unmatched game against Blackburn, Middlesbrough still suffered a 0-1 defeat last weekend. This result also ended Middlesbrough’s eight-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. In fact, this is the period when the Riverside team played very well, they won the last 6/8 rounds. At home Middlesbrough, the song triumphs in all 4 recent receptions.
Currently, Middlesbrough is in 8th place in the rankings after bringing back 42 points through 27 rounds. With only 2 points less than the top 6 and still having 1 match left, there are many opportunities for Middlesbrough to continue to compete for promotion tickets. Through 16 home matches in the Championship this season, coach Neil Warnock’s team won 8, drew 2 and lost 6. Besides, Middlesbrough was unbeaten in all 8 recent matches against Coventry (draw 3, win 8). The last time Middlesbrough lost to Coventry at home was in 1993.
Compared to opponents, Coventry’s experience in the British First Division is clearly much less. Even this is the second consecutive season Coventry has appeared in the Championship, before that they were a familiar name at the League One playground. After finishing in 16th place last season, Coventry is enjoying a much better performance. After 26 rounds, Coventry got 40 points and ranked 9th on the rankings.
They are 4 points behind the group that has tickets to the play-off round but played 2 matches less, so the right to self-determination is still completely within the reach of coach Mark Robins’ teachers and students. However, Coventry’s performance is not so impressive recently, they only won exactly 3/10 of the last rounds. After 14 away matches in the Championship this season, Coventry also has only 3 wins. Last season, when he was a guest of Middlesbrough, Coventry lost 0-2 on aggregate.