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4 May 2018

A look at Sunday’s match as Blues host Boro for the final game of the Championship season

Current standings:
Town sit 13th in the Championship table following a superb 4-0 win away to Reading last time out. Boro are fifth and are confirmed a Play-Off spot having won their last three league games.

League form:
Town – 6/15 points
Brentford (A) L 1-0
Barnsley (H) W 1-0
Nottingham Forest (A) L 2-1
Aston Villa (H) L 4-0
Reading (A) W 4-0

Boro – 12/15 points
Nottingham Forest (H) W 2-0
Sheffield United (A) L 2-1
Bristol City (H) W 2-1
Derby (A) W 2-1
Millwall (H) W 2-0

Last time we met: Boro 2-0 Town 09.12.17
Goals either side of half-time saw Middlesbrough secure a 2-0 win when the sides last met in December. The hosts were the stronger side throughout and were unlucky not to be ahead sooner with both Ben Gibson and Fabio missing chances before Bartosz Bialkowski denied Britt Assombalonga. The opener came a minute before the break, though, as Martin Braithwaite pounced at the back post after Town failed to clear Stewart Downing’s cross. Patrick Bamford doubled the lead in the 51st minute when he converted in off the post .

Previous meetings at Portman Road
27.03.12 Town 1-1 Boro
02.02.13 Town 4-0 Boro
14.09.13 Town 3-1 Boro
20.12.14 Town 2-0 Boro
04.12.15 Town 0-2 Boro

One to watch: Britt Assombalonga
Assombalonga has been a consistent threat for Boro this season and has racked up 15 goals going into the final game of the campaign. The tricky forward has netted in his last two outings against Millwall and Derby and has scored on average every 193 minutes this term.

Match officials:    
Referee – David Coote
Assistants – Nick Hopton & Shaun Hudson
Fourth official – Lee Swabey

Note to fans
This Sunday is the annual classic vehicle rally from Ipswich to Felixstowe. Vehicles assemble in Christchurch Park from 08.30am to 10.30am before leaving for Felixstowe at 11.00am. This will cause congestion for people coming into town from the east of Ipswich.




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