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Match Preview | Middlesbrough vs. Cardiff

Riverside Stadium - Saturday, 21st October, KO: 3:00pm...

19 October 2017

Neil Warnock’s side are on the road again this weekend as they travel to Middlesbrough.

Boro return to the Riverside after their 2-2 draw away at Barnsley last weekend, coming from behind twice to secure a fifth draw of the season.

What to expect from Boro…

Garry Monk’s side are currently 11th in the Sky Bet Championship table with four wins from a possible 12 thus far. They have so far enjoyed victories over the likes of Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers. They have suffered just three losses since their relegation from the Premier League.

Monk has an exceptionally talented squad of players to choose from, which includes striker Martin Braithwaite. The Dane managed to get on the scoresheet last time out in that draw against Barnsley, and has overall netted twice in his four appearances since his move from French side Toulouse in the summer.

Braithwaite’s strike partner Britt Assombalonga is another who has the potential to cause problems. The 24 year-old has played in every league game for Boro so far in this campaign, and is the club’s top scorer with six goals. The former Nottingham Forest man has an impressive goal-scoring record in English football, with 85 goals in 185 games.

Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker is known for his quality in the middle of the park. The 22 year-old made 64 appearances for Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem last season, and has linked up with Boro for this campaign, scoring once in his 10 appearances for the club.

In the hot seat…

This is Monk’s third managerial spell since he retired from playing in 2014. The 38 year-old was Head Coach at Swansea, before later taking over the reigns at Leeds United.

Following his resignation from the Whites, Monk made the trip from south to north Yorkshire and took charge at Middlesbrough on the 9th June 2017.

Previous meetings…

City’s last win over Saturday’s opponents came at CCS in October of 2015. A late own goal from George Friend secured the three points for the Bluebirds on that occasion.

Our last visit to the Riverside saw now Boro defender Fabio Da Silva score his only goal in a Bluebirds shirt during his two-year stint. An extraordinary strike from the edge of the box gave Cardiff City the lead after half-an-hour, but Boro fought back to win on the evening.

Club connections…

The aforementioned Fabio is likely to get a big reception from the travelling Bluebirds. A firm fans favourite while at Cardiff City Stadium, Fabio has appeared in nine games this season for our hosts.

Current City No.7 Lee Tomlin made 56 appearances for Boro and was a real creative force during his time at the Riverside. Defender Joe Bennett started his professional career in North Yorkshire, spending 7 years in the academy as well as playing 85 games for Saturday’s opponents.

Other players to put on both jerseys include Andrew Taylor, Rudy Gestede, Graham Kavanagh and Ross Turnbull.

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Match Report: Middlesbrough 0-1 Cardiff City

The Bluebirds battle to three points on Teesside...

21 October 2017

Joe Ralls’ late penalty secured Cardiff City a significant victory away to Middlesbrough on the midfielder’s 150th competitive game for the Bluebirds.

City started very brightly at the Riverside, keeping possession calmly as they pushed forward in the opening exchanges.

Junior Hoilett charged down Boro ‘keeper Darren Randolph to earn a fine City chance. The ball fell to Danny Ward, who’s one-on-one effort was saved.

Craig Bryson and Hoilett also tried their luck early on as the Bluebirds looked for an opener.

Ward again came incredibly close to opening the scoring on Teesside as Joe Bennett swung in a low cross inches in front of the on-rushing forward.

Meanwhile, the hosts had their best chance of the half when Britt Assombalonga took aim from distance and drove wide of Neil Etheridge’s goal.

After the interval, Boro upped the ante as they put Neil Warnock’s men under significant pressure.

Sol Bamba and Bruno Ecuele Manga both produced vital blocks to deny Stewart Downing with some fantastic last-ditch defending.

Bamba then popped up at the other end, and thought he had scored when his point-blank effort was scrambled away from the Boro goalmouth. However, goal line technology indicated that the ball had not crossed the line.

Ward, who was leading the Bluebirds attack admirably, fired just past the post once again with fifteen minutes remaining.

But the crucial moment of the game came six minutes from time, as the ever impressive Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was brought down in the area by Boro substitute Adama Traore.

On his 150th competitive appearance for Cardiff City, Joe Ralls dispatched the resulting spot-kick confidently to earn the Bluebirds all three points on the road.

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Ticket News

Ticket Update: Middlesbrough vs. Cardiff City

20 October 2017

Saturday, 21st October 2017 @ the Riverside Stadium. KO: 3pm.

Ticket Update

  • Cardiff City will sell until 5pm on Friday, 20th October, through the Cardiff City Ticket Office directly
  • Middlesbrough will be selling on the day at the Visitors Office from 1pm onwards
  • On-the-day sales will be cash only with no price increase
  • Collections and duplicates will also be available from the Visitors Office

General Ticket Prices:

Adults: £30.00

Senior Citizens Over 65: £20.00

Under 18: £17.00

Disabled Allocations:

Adults: £30.00

Senior Citizens Over 65: £20.00

Under 18: £17.00

Personal Assistant: free of charge

Tickets on sale:

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