FootyMAD's Middlesbrough match preview

Last updated : 05 December 2003 By Footymad Previewer
History of the Middlesbrough v Portsmouth fixture

Portsmouth travel to take on Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Pompey will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 28 and win only 7 of the 47 games.

The last time the two teams met at Middlesbrough was back in November 1997, over five years ago, where the two sides shared the spoils courtesy of a 1 - 1 final scoreline in a League Division One match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
1997/1998Sat 14 MarPortsmouth0 - 0MiddlesbroughLD1
1997/1998Wed 05 NovMiddlesbrough1 - 1PortsmouthLD1
1994/1995Sat 03 DecMiddlesbrough4 - 0PortsmouthLD1
1994/1995Sun 23 OctPortsmouth0 - 0MiddlesbroughLD1
1993/1994Sat 16 AprMiddlesbrough0 - 2PortsmouthLD1
1993/1994Tue 02 NovPortsmouth2 - 0MiddlesbroughLD1
1991/1992Wed 26 FebMiddlesbrough2 - 4PortsmouthFAC

Recent respective form guides

Middlesbrough have only performed averagely at home, winning 3 and losing 2 of their last six. The goals for column just outweighs the goals against over this period, 5 to 3.

Portsmouth have an average recent record on the road, seeing them win just 1 and draw 2 of the last six. While the Pompey have hit 5 goals, 11 have hit the back of the wrong net.

Middlesbrough's 18 points from 14 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 10th position. Portsmouth find themselves struggling down in 14th position in the league having picked up 15 points from their 14 matches.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

FootyMad see this game edging towards a narrow win for the Boro, as the Pompey have been none too clever on the road in recent matches. Home win

Sequence statistics:
Middlesbrough Unbeaten run of 5 matches.
Portsmouth 5 games since last away draw.
Last drawn game 10 outings ago.