Bristol City welcome Middlesbrough to Ashton Gate this weekend to kick off the return to the Championship after the international break. The two sides sit firmly in the mid table and need a win to push into the conversation for Play-offs.
Bristol City currently sit 11th in the Championship after 16 games. The Robins have six wins, four draws and six losses, leaving them on 22 points, just four points from the final Play-off place.
In their last five games in all competitions, Bristol City have two wins, one draw and two losses. Robert Dickie scored the only goal of the game for City in the final minute of the first half, giving them the 1 - 0 win over a Coventry side who had 69% of the possession but just one shot on target. Nathan Broadhead opened the scoring in the 16th minute with what turned out to be the only goal of the game as Ipswich Town won 1 - 0.
Perry Ng scored in the 33rd minute to give Cardiff the 1 - 0 lead going into halftime. However, City could only muster one shot on target and Rubin Colwill scored in the 91st minute to grab a 2 - 0 win for Cardiff. The Robins bounced back against a struggling Sheffield Wednesday. Dickie scored once again for City in the second half in the 1 - 0 win over a ten-man Wednesday who had Barry Bannan sent off early on.
The last time out for Bristol City was against QPR. Neither side could find the back of the net, with City only managing two shots on target and QPR failed to register a single shot on target in the 0 - 0 draw.
Middlesbrough sit just one spot above City in tenth. In 16 games, Middlesbrough have seven wins, three draws and six losses which leaves them on 24 points, two points from the Play-offs and 15 points from automatic promotion.
In their last five games in all competitions, Middlesbrough have three wins, one draw and one loss. Sam Greenwood opened the scoring just minutes into the second half and was joined on the scoresheet by Samuel Silvera in the 92nd minute to give Middlesbrough the 2 - 0 lead. Jonathan Rowe did score for Norwich but it was too late as Middlesbrough took home a 2 - 1 win. However, the next time out was a loss to Stoke City. Michael Rose and Mehdi Leris both scored in the 2 - 0 win for Stoke.
In the Round of 16 of the League Cup, Middlesbrough faced Exeter City. Ryan Trevitt scored twice for Exeter but goals from Morgan Rogers and Silvera and a penalty from Emmanuel Latte Lath gave Middlesbrough the 3 - 2 win. The draw with Plymouth Argyle was a goal fest with six goals. Josh Coburn opened the scoring for Middlesbrough but goals from Balu Mumba and Finn Isaac Azaz gave Plymouth the 2 - 1 lead going into halftime. Coburn completed his brace and was joined on the scoresheet by Greenwood but a late goal from Morgan Whittaker meant the game finished 3 - 3.
The most recent outing for Middlesbrough was against Leicester City. Greenwood scored the only goal of the game late on to give Middlesbrough the surprise 1 - 0 win.
Bristol City and Middlesbrough have met 87 times with the first meeting coming all the way back in 1901. Middlesbrough have the better record in the fixture with 35 wins in comparison to City’s 28 wins, with the other 24 games ending in a share of the points.