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Middlesbrough need to find a source of goals and quickly
20 March 2017, 10:20
Middlesbrough need to find a source of goals and quickly

On Sunday afternoon Middlesbrough suffered a 3-1 home defeat against Manchester United. The defeat means that Boro are 19th in the Premier League table, five points away from the safety of 17th place.

The main problem at Boro this season has been scoring goals. The north east side have scored a league low of 20 goals this season and their goal against United was their first in their last five outings in the top-flight.

Spanish boss Aitor Karanka’s cautious style was blamed for Boro’s struggles in front of goal. The former Real Madrid centre-back left his role last week by mutual consent, leaving interim boss Steve Agnew to attempt to find a solution to the team’s goal drought.

There are a number of attacking players capable of making an impact on goal at the club, including Alvaro Negredo, Stewart Downing, Gaston Ramirez and Rudy Gestede, not to mention the unpredictable but talented winger Adama Traore.

Agnew and his Boro coaching staff need to work quickly or the north east side will be heading straight back to the Championship after just one season in the top-flight. Boro have continued their good defensive displays from last season, but have simply not been enough of an attacking threat.

Boro face vital games in the next few fixtures, as they face Hull away from home, while they also host Burnley at the Riverside Stadium. If they are to get out of trouble then they will need to pick up points from those games.

The race for Premier League survival is still relatively tight. However, a number of teams have broken clear in recent weeks. Leicester and Crystal Palace have both won three straight games in the top-flight, so look to moving up the table.

Boro still have to target 17th place Swansea City, but to do that they need to score goals and at the moment that looks to be a major problem for Boro.

Predictions for Premier League

Home team - Away team Forebet
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West Bromwich
Leicester City

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Southampton
Hull City

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1
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Stoke City
West Ham

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Sunderland
Bournemouth

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2

England Premier League - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Chelsea FC 78 33 25 3 5 69 29 40
2. Tottenham 74 33 22 8 3 69 22 47
3. Liverpool FC 66 34 19 9 6 70 42 28
4. Manchester City 65 33 19 8 6 63 35 28
5. Manchester United 64 33 17 13 3 50 24 26
6. Arsenal 60 32 18 6 8 64 40 24
7. Everton FC 58 34 16 10 8 60 37 23
8. West Bromwich 44 33 12 8 13 39 42 -3
9. Southampton 40 32 11 7 14 39 44 -5
10. Watford FC 40 33 11 7 15 37 54 -17
11. Stoke City 39 34 10 9 15 37 50 -13
12. Crystal Palace 38 34 11 5 18 46 54 -8
13. Bournemouth 38 34 10 8 16 49 63 -14
14. West Ham 38 34 10 8 16 44 59 -15
15. Leicester City 37 33 10 7 16 41 54 -13
16. Burnley FC 36 34 10 6 18 33 49 -16
17. Hull City 33 34 9 6 19 36 67 -31
18. Swansea City 31 34 9 4 21 39 68 -29
19. Middlesbrough 27 34 5 12 17 24 43 -19
20. Sunderland 21 33 5 6 22 26 59 -33

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