Middlesbrough v Brentford – BBC Sport




Andreas Bjelland is a doubt with a hamstring injuryClick here for live text coverage on Saturday 14:00-20:00 BST

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk has no new injury concerns for the visit of Brentford.

Striker Rudy Gestede continues to make progress in his recovery from a ‘freak’ dead-leg injury but remains unavailable for selection.

Brentford will assess defender Andreas Bjelland after he came off with a tight hamstring against Derby on Tuesday.

John Egan will return after missing out in midweek following concussion but Sergi Canos (ankle) remains absent.

SAM’s predictionHome win – 55%Draw – 25%Away win – 20%

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Match factsMiddlesbrough have won their last nine consecutive matches against Brentford in all competitions, a run that stretches back to December 1986.The Bees have won only once away at Middlesbrough in their entire history – a 1-0 win in March 1938.In midweek, Middlesbrough lost their first home Championship match since January 2016. They’ve not lost back-to-back second-tier games at the Riverside since August 2014.Meanwhile, Brentford won their first game on the road since March in their last league outing – a 3-0 victory at Bolton.Only Preston (4) have conceded fewer Championship goals than Middlesbrough (7) so far this season, with four coming in Middlesbrough’s last three games.Ollie Watkins has scored in back-to-back league games for the Bees, having scored in just one of his first eight for the club.



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