On Wednesday night, Middlesbrough will try to maintain their slim chance of automatically being promoted to the Premier League as they host Hull City at the Riverside Stadium in the Championship. In their previous match, Boro delivered a dominant performance against Norwich City, indicating to their rivals that they are also competing for a place in the top-tier league.
Meanwhile, Hull is unbeaten in their recent games, and their most recent match ended in a scoreless draw against Blackburn Rovers.
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Middlesbrough-Hull City match prediction
Another round of Championship football sees Middlesbrough host Hull City at Riverside on Wednesday. Under the management of Michael Carrick, Middlesbrough has seen a resurgence in form, closing in on a playoff spot. They secured a 5-1 victory over Norwich City last weekend, featuring goals from four different players, including Cameron Archer, who scored two goals.
Currently fourth in the Championship standings with 71 points from 42 games, Middlesbrough will aim for a win in this match to prepare for the playoffs.
Hull City has had mixed results this season, aiming for a mid-table finish. They drew 0-0 against Blackburn Rovers in their last match, where they had an opportunity to take the lead but failed to convert. Hull City sits 15th in the table with 53 points from 42 games and will hope to add to their tally this week.
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Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Steffen; Smith, McNair, Lenihan, Giles; Howson, Hackney; Jones, Akpom, Mowatt; Archer
Hull City possible starting lineup:
Darlow; Coyle, McLoughlin, Greaves, Elder; Sayyadmanesh, Seri, Slater, Vaughan; Tufan, Traore
Middlesbrough and Hull have faced each other a total of 71 times. Of those, Middlesbrough have emerged victorious 31 times, Hull have won 21 times, and 19 matches have ended in draws.
Middlesbrough wins: 31
Hull City wins: 21
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Middlesbrough-Hull City prediction
Middlesbrough will aim to continue their momentum from their recent win and improve their performance this week. Their home record has been impressive with just one loss in their last nine matches. They are optimistic ahead of their upcoming game against Hull.
Hull City is currently unbeaten in their last five games, however, they have only won one out of their last seven matches. They have struggled in away matches and have not won in their last eight. As a result, they are likely to face a defeat to Middlesbrough.
Prediction: Middlesbrough 2-1 Hull City
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Date, kick-off time, venue
The Championship match between Middlesbrough and Hull City will kick off at 3pm EDT in the US, 8pm BST in the UK, and 12:30am in India on April 20.