When: Saturday, March 21st, 12.15pm
Where: Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth, England
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Two of the most excitingly threatening attacking forces in the Championship meet in Saturday’s early kick off when Middlesbrough travel to Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium.
Aitor Karanka’s side will be hoping to knock the Cherries out of the Championship’s automatic promotion race, whilst strengthening their own claim for a place in the Premier League.
Star forward Patrick Bamford gave Boro a huge three points against fellow promotion contenders Derby County in midweek, helping them move back into the top two at the expense of Bournemouth, who could only draw away at Cardiff on Tuesday.
Middlesbrough have been in ruthless form in the latter half of the season, with only three defeats in their last 16 league clashes, and will be keen to maintain that run as the promotion race starts to become very slightly clearer with eight games to go.
But they will be coming up against an equally frightening strike force, as Eddie Howe’s side have scored ten in their last three games, helping them remain unbeaten in five matches.
Whoever wins this pivotal game will reach the league’s summit, albeit briefly if Watford win against Ipswich later in the day, but at this stage of the season with the table as congested as it is, creating some breathing space will be more important for the team that comes out on top on the south coast.