FootyMAD's Middlesbrough match preview

Last updated : 02 February 2007 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Middlesbrough v Arsenal fixture

Arsenal face a trip to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium at tea-time on Saturday, hoping to improve upon an average previous return from this fixture. Of the 63 games played, Gunners have recorded 23 wins, and Middlesbrough have come away with 25 victories.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was just last season, in September 2005, the Boro carving out a narrow 2 - 1 victory in a Premiership match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2006/2007Sat 09 SepArsenal1 - 1MiddlesbroughPREM
2005/2006Sat 14 JanArsenal7 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM
2005/2006Sat 10 SepMiddlesbrough2 - 1ArsenalPREM
2004/2005Sat 09 AprMiddlesbrough0 - 1ArsenalPREM
2004/2005Sun 22 AugArsenal5 - 3MiddlesbroughPREM
2003/2004Tue 03 FebMiddlesbrough2 - 1ArsenalLGEC
2003/2004Sat 24 JanArsenal4 - 1MiddlesbroughFAC

Recent respective form guides

Middlesbrough have lost just once in their last six home games, winning four and drawing the other one. These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 16 goals for the Boro, with 8 goals against.

Arsenal's away form is equally impressive, tasting just one defeat in their last six, and picking up four good wins. Those games have seen the Gunners pummel 15 goals, and let in 8.

Middlesbrough see themselves just below half way in the Barclays Premiership, showing a record of 31 points from their 25 games played so far, Arsenal sit in a healthy 4th in the league, and have picked up 45 points from their 24 games.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Arsenal are in smashing form away from home at present, and Footymad sees this carrying them to a narrow victory at Middlesbrough. Away win

Sequence statistics:
Middlesbrough Won 4 successive home games.
5 games since last home draw.
Drawn each of their last 2 games.
Not won in the 2 most recent games.
Arsenal Undefeated in last 4 away games.
9 games since last defeat.