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Middlesbrough vs. Blackburn Rovers Prediction, Tips & Stats

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          Middlesbrough vs. Blackburn Rovers Prediction, Tips & Stats

          In the ever-competitive environment of the EFL Championship, the clash between Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers this Saturday stands out as a pivotal match for both teams, albeit for different reasons. As we head into the latter stages of the season, the aspirations and struggles of both clubs have been laid bare, with Middlesbrough eyeing a late push for a playoff spot and Blackburn Rovers battling to steer clear of the relegation mire.

          Middlesbrough, sitting 9th in the Championship with 53 points from 37 games, have had a season marred by frustration. The expectations were set high following last season's playoff semi-final appearance, but a significant turnover of players in the summer, coupled with a relentless injury crisis, has seen them fall short of their ambitions. Despite the setbacks, the team find themselves just five points adrift of the playoff places. With the Championship being as unpredictable as it is, a late surge into the top six remains within the realms of possibility, albeit a challenging prospect.

          The team's recent form, with three wins and two losses in their last five games, suggests a resilience and capability to grind out results when it matters. Their latest victory, a 1-0 win against Birmingham City, highlighted their ability to secure points through tight margins, with Riley McGree's early goal enough to see them through. Under the guidance of Michael Carrick, one of the country's most highly regarded young managers, Middlesbrough have a leader who commands respect and belief from the fans and players alike.

          A player who could be a key figure in Middlesbrough's late-season push is striker Emmanuel Latte Lath. Despite missing a significant portion of the season due to injury, his return has been impactful, with two goals in his last three games. His presence upfront provides Middlesbrough with a much-needed focal point in their attack, and his contributions could be decisive in their pursuit of a playoff spot.

          On the other side, Blackburn Rovers find themselves in a precarious position, sitting 18th in the league with 41 points from 38 games. Their season has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, marked by a series of highs and lows. Under manager John Eustace, Blackburn have struggled for consistency, a fact underscored by their dismal form of just one win in their last sixteen games. The team's recent performances, including a disappointing 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle, have highlighted their vulnerabilities, particularly in games they would have hoped to win.

          The draw with Plymouth was a microcosm of Blackburn's season; a match where they were outplayed for large stretches and fortunate to come away with a point. The red card to Kyle McFadzean, reducing them to ten men, further exemplified the challenges they've faced in maintaining discipline and structure in crucial moments. As they head into the final games of the season, Blackburn's run-in is daunting, and their form needs to improve dramatically to avoid being dragged deeper into the relegation battle.

          Despite their struggles, Blackburn boast the league's top goalscorer in Sammie Szmodics, who has found the back of the net 21 times this season. His prolific scoring record is a testament to his quality and importance to the team. Szmodics represents Blackburn's best hope of turning their fortunes around; his ability to convert chances into goals will be vital as they fight for survival in the Championship.

          As both teams prepare to face off this Saturday, the match is set to be a compelling encounter, reflecting the trials, tribulations, and unpredictability of Championship football. For Middlesbrough, the game is an opportunity to close the gap to the playoff places and keep their promotion dreams alive. For Blackburn Rovers, it's a chance to arrest their slide, move away from the relegation zone, and perhaps begin a late-season revival.

          For our Middlesbrough vs. Blackburn prediction, we're going for a 2-1 win for the home side.

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          Middlesbrough Team News

          Middlesbrough are still missing star midfielder Hayden Hackney, who Michael Carrick confirmed will be absent until after the international break.

          Alex Bangura, Josh Coburn and Dael Fry are also all expected to miss out here.

          Blackburn Team News

          Kyle McFadzean is unavailable through suspension following his red card against Plymouth last weekend while Sondre Tronstad, John Fleck, Joe Rankin-Costello, Harry Leonard and Hayden Carter are all out here.

          Injuries in midfield could mean that John Buckley and Andrew Moran continue their midfield partnership.

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