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Preview: Bristol City v Middlesbrough

Bristol City v Middlesbrough
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Saturday, January 16th (3pm)

Sky Bet Championship leaders Middlesbrough are the visitors to Ashton Gate this Saturday, January 16th (3pm).

All of the key information on Bristol City's opponents can be found below:

MIDDLESBROUGH
Boro were one of the bookies’ favourites to be promoted to the Premier League at the start of the season, and it is so far so good for the Teessiders. The North East club sit top of the Sky Bet Championship, five points clear of second-placed Hull City and a healthy goal difference of 25. Boro have been unbelievably solid defensively and have kept nine successive clean sheets.

MANAGER
Aitor Karanka – Former Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao defender who won one cap for Spain in 1995. In the late 2000s, the 41-year-old began his managerial career with Spain Under-18s before becoming Jose Mourinho’s assistant at Real Madrid in 2010. Karanka left the role three years later after the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti and was offered the chance of managing in England five months later with Middlesbrough.

STAR MAN
Cristhian Stuani - Uruguayan striker who has ten goals for Boro this season in all competitions. The 29-year-old has spent the majority of his career in Spain, mostly at Espanyol where he scored 28 goals in 111 appearances. He has represented his country 26 times, notching five times and appeared in the 2014 World Cup.

OFFICIALS
Carl Boyeson is appointed as the man in the middle. He will be assisted by Mark Howes and Daniel Leach. The fourth official will be Michael Bull.

TICKETS
The match is sold out.

LAST TIME OUT
Middlesbrough 0-1 Bristol City - Joe Bryan’s beautifully taken goal earned City their first win of the season at the Riverside. The wing-back curled into the top corner after intricate City passing for his first Championship goal. Boro pushed hard in the second half for a way back into the tie but found Ben Hamer and City’s defence in fine form.

LAST SEASON
Championship: 4th
FA Cup: Fifth round (lost to Arsenal)
Capital One Cup: Third round (lost to Liverpool)

DID YOU KNOW?
In 2005/06, Boro came back from 3-0 down in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the UEFA Cup to reach the final, where they lost 4-0 to Sevilla.