Middlesbrough vs West Ham prediction & preview 21.01.17
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Middlesbrough host West Ham United at the Riverside Stadium in the Premier Alliance on Saturday January 21, blame off at 1500 GMT.
Boro concluded a seven-year absence from the top flight if they accomplished additional in the Sky Bet Championship endure term, pipping Brighton & Hove Albion to the additional automated advance slot.
Aitor Karanka’s success in arch the club aback to the Premier Alliance came just a year afterwards they suffered the absinthian disappointment of defeat to Norwich City in the play-off final.
They’ve fabricated a appropriate alpha to activity aback at the top table, with 20 credibility from their aboriginal 21 amateur abrogation them 16th in the table – a abode aloft endure season’s champions Leicester City.
Karanka’s aggregation accept been frugal at the aback this appellation – 22 goals conceded gives them the joint-fourth aftermost defence in the analysis – but they accept been appropriately economical with their goals scored. 17 is the atomic denticulate by any Premier Alliance aggregation in 2016/17.
Their two alliance amateur of 2017 accept both concluded goalless, adjoin Leicester and Watford, while their affair with the Hammers aback in October aswell concluded in stalemate, with Dimitri Payet cancelling out Cristian Stuani’s opener.
The Hammers bounced aback from defeats to Manchester United and Manchester City with a absolute assault of Crystal Palace endure weekend.
Striker Patrick Bamford could be handed a additional admission for Middlesbrough adjoin West Ham afterwards commutual a abiding move from Chelsea.
However, the frontman, who denticulate 19 times in 44 appearances on accommodation for the club during the 2014-15 season, has played little football in the endure 18 months afterwards authoritative acting moves to Crystal Palace, Norwich and Burnley and is acceptable to be complex alone as a substitute.
Daniel Ayala sits out the additional bold of his three-match ban, while adolescent apostle Antonio Barragan (hamstring) and midfielder Gaston Ramirez (knee) abide on the sidelines.
West Ham striker Andy Carroll hopes to balance from a close injury.
Defenders Winston Reid and Sam Byram and accompaniment Sofiane Feghouli accept aswell sat out training this anniversary with knocks, but bang-up Slaven Bilic expects all four players to be available.
Wantaway France brilliant Dimitri Payet will not be in the band as he continues to try to force a move aback to Marseille.
Back-to-black aimless snores accept kept Middlesbrough tickling forth accurately bright of the alarming accessory door, but West Ham will be absolutely actually aerial afterwards assault Sam Fuzzydice’s Palace 3-0.