Although in decent form, with only defeat at Sunderland in last 6 rounds, Fulham will have tough task to continue their decent run at Riverside Stadium. They failed to win there since 1984, and traditionally this is one of the hardest league fixtures for the Cottagers.
Middlesbrogh new boss Tony Pullis will have no injury worries for this match, and possible return of Assombalonga should be a big boost for the home side.
Boro last league match was high scoring affair at Preston on New Year’s Day, when they managed to bounce back after losing 1-2 at half time to win 3-2.
With Tony Pullis as their new boss, we can expect Middlesbrough to be much more solid at the back, and thrillers like last one at Preston probably won’t be usual, especially at home, where they already played lost of low scoring games lately.
Fulham are in decent form recently, and in their last two road games they scored 6 goals. Alongside leaders Wolverhampton, they are best scorers on away from home this season in Championship.
Since season 2013/2014, games between Middlesbrough and Fulham were usually low scoring games, with the exception of game played in London in April 2015, when Fulham managed to beat Middlesbrough 4-3.
Tony Pullis made great success at Stoke and West Brom thanks to his no-nonsense approach, which was based on solid defense, and we can hardly expect any change in his philosophy at Middlesbrough.
Recommended bet: Under 2.5 goals @1.97, stake 3/10 Matchbook