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Middlesbrough – Season Preview 2019/20

14 August 2019 | Championship | Insight
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Middlesbrough – Season Preview 2019/20
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Middlesbrough are facing their third consecutive season in the Championship.

After narrowly missing out on the play-offs last time out, the squad must pick themselves up and attempt to challenge for promotion once again.

New boss, Jonathan Woodgate, has promised to entertain the fans with exciting football, but will it be enough to see his side compete with the top teams in the division?

Last season

Middlesbrough missed out on the play-off places by just a single point last season.

Having spent the majority of the season in the top six, the team’s form took a turn for the worse and they ended up finishing in 7th place.

The club then parted ways with manager Tony Pulis following the disappointment of missing out on a play-off spot.

Next season

Former Middlesbrough defender, Jonathan Woodgate, has been tasked with trying to guide the club back to the Premier League.

This is the 39-year-old's first ever job in management and many have viewed the decision to appoint him as a huge risk.

The squad has lost a number of key players the summer transfer window. Aden Flint, Stewart Downing and John Obi Mikel have all left without any notable replacements being brought in.

Middlesbrough are in desperate need of another striker. Britt Assombalonga scored nearly a third of his side’s league goals last season and needs help up front.

The team boasted the joint-best defensive record in the league last season, but it is at the other end of the pitch where Middlesbrough must improve.

They managed just 49 league goals all season; the lowest total of any team in the top 15 and the joint-fifth lowest overall.

Woodgate must find the right balance between keeping his team resolute at the back, while also finding more goals in attack.

If he can achieve this, then Middlesbrough will be in with a shout of reaching the play-offs.

Players in

Players out

  • Aden Flint – €4.45m to Cardiff City
  • Stewart Downing – Free to Blackburn Rovers
  • John Obi Mikel – Free to Trabzonspor
  • Luke Armstrong – Undisclosed to Salford City
  • Martin Braithwaite – Undisclosed from CD Leganes
  • Andy Lonergan – Released
  • Dimitrios Konstantopoulos – Released

Predicted league finish

The predicted league finish for Middlesbrough is 7th. This will be a transitional season for the club which may see them just miss out on the play-offs once again.

Predictions for Championship

Home team - Away team Forebet
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BrentfordFulham
04/08/2020 19:45
X
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FulhamCardiff City
30/07/2020 19:45
X
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BrentfordSwansea City
29/07/2020 19:45
2
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Cardiff CityFulham
27/07/2020 19:45
X

England Championship - predictions, tips, statistics
Championship Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Leeds United 93 46 28 9 9 77 35 42
2. West Bromwich 83 46 22 17 7 77 45 32
3. Brentford 81 46 24 9 13 80 38 42
4. Fulham 81 46 23 12 11 64 48 16
5. Cardiff City 73 46 19 16 11 68 58 10
6. Swansea City 70 46 18 16 12 62 53 9
7. Nottingham Forest 70 46 18 16 12 58 50 8
8. Millwall 68 46 17 17 12 57 51 6
9. Preston North End 66 46 18 12 16 59 54 5
10. Derby County 64 46 17 13 16 62 64 -2
11. Blackburn Rovers 63 46 17 12 17 66 63 3
12. Bristol City 63 46 17 12 17 60 65 -5
13. QPR 58 46 16 10 20 67 76 -9
14. Reading 56 46 15 11 20 59 58 1
15. Stoke City 56 46 16 8 22 62 68 -6
16. Sheffield Wednesday 56 46 15 11 20 58 66 -8
17. Middlesbrough 53 46 13 14 19 48 61 -13
18. Huddersfield 51 46 13 12 21 52 70 -18
19. Luton Town 51 46 14 9 23 54 82 -28
20. Birmingham City 50 46 12 14 20 54 75 -21
21. Barnsley 49 46 12 13 21 49 69 -20
22. Charlton Athletic 48 46 12 12 22 50 65 -15
23. Wigan Athletic 47 46 15 14 17 57 56 1
24. Hull City 45 46 12 9 25 57 87 -30

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