MATCH brings you the latest from the Football League!
THIS WEEK: MIDDLESBROUGH
Nickname: The Boro
Date Founded: 1876
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Did You Know? Middlesbrough were one of the founding members of the Premier League in 1992!
The Boro are very well-organised and difficult to beat under the management of Neil Warnock, which is why they’re chasing a place in the play-offs this season! They might not always be the best side to watch, but they know how to grind out results which is vitally important in the Championship!
The 72-year-old is by far the most experienced manager in the Championship – he’s never going to retire at this rate! He’s won promotion a record eight times as a manager, so clearly knows how to get the best out of his players. He’ll be targeting a ninth promotion at the Riverside Stadium this season!
Even though he’s not been as prolific over the last few years, the 28-year-old remains one of the most dangerous strikers in the Championship! If Warnock can get the best out of him, then his goals could push them into the play-offs!
WATCH OUT FOR…
Not for the first time, the 21-year-old was linked with a move to the Premier League in January! There’s no doubt that he’s bound for the top flight, but The Boro will be delighted to have kept hold of one of their most in-form players for their promotion push!
MATCH takes a look at three of the fiercest rivalries in the Championship!
NOTT'M FOREST v DERBY
This isn’t just one of the fiercest rivalries in the Championship, but one of the biggest games in the entirety of the Football League! Since 2007, The Brian Clough Trophy has been awarded to the winner of each fixture, which adds extra importance! They meet once again in a couple of weeks at Pride Park, and we can’t wait to tune in!
CARDIFF v SWANSEA
Cardiff have the edge over their South Wales neighbours when it comes to wins in this fixture, but The Swans did win 2-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium in their most recent meeting in December! The Bluebirds will be looking to get revenge when these two sides next meet in March, even though they are currently struggling at the wrong end of the table following the dismissal of Neil Harris!
BRENTFORD v QPR
We struggle to keep up with the number of rivalries in West London, but Brentford v QPR has become one of the tastiest over the last few years! In 1967, QPR attempted a takeover of Brentford, which would have resulted in The Bees ceasing to exist! It’s clear to see why the relationship between the two clubs has been frosty since!