Second takes on seventh as Middlesbrough travel to Norfolk to take on Ipswich later this evening, with fans able to watch all the action online (KO 19:45).
Both these sides have Premier League aspirations this season and are perfectly placed to mount a serious challenge on the summit this Christmas so we should be in for a cracker, as popular UK brand Bet365 announce they will be live streaming the match through their website.
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‘Boro climbed into 2nd spot last weekend with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield, the win coupled with Hull’s defeat to Derby propelling Aitor Karanka’s side into the automatic promotion places.
The Teesiders are just two points off leaders Brighton now and will pile the pressure on the South Coast outfit with a win over Mick McCarthy’s side, although it definitely won’t be a straight forward task at Portman Road.
The Tractor Boys however represent a stern test. The club are unbeaten in their last six games, winning three and drawing three. Last time out they won 3-0 away to Charlton, the three goals adding to the 7 they have smashed past Rotherham and Wolves.
One man ‘Boro will be fearful of is Daryl Murphy. The Republic of Ireland international finished last season as top scorer in the Championship but failed to find the net in his opening 13 games of the season.
However the forward has now found the net six times in his last three league games, to sit just five goals behind the division’s top marksman, Andre Gray.
McCarthy has no new injury worries ahead of the game and is likely to stick with the same XI that beat the Addicks last time out. Long term absentee’s David McGoldrick (groin), Teddy Bishop (hamstring) and Ryan Fraser (knee) remain out.
‘Boro meanwhile will have Tomas Kalas available again after he missed Tuesday’s League Cup defeat by Everton with a knee injury however Rhys Williams (Achilles tendon), Alex Baptiste (fractured leg) and Damia Abella (knee ligaments) are unavailable despite resuming training.
Despite their midweek loss to the Toffee’s, Karanka’s men have shown good form in the league and have won 6 of their last 10 games.
The club have kept back to back clean sheets with the win over Huddersfield coming hot on the heels of a 1-0 win over QPR, although history is definitely not on their side having not won at Portman Road in 22 years.
Considering this history and current form the 2/1 on the Ipswich home win does offer plenty of value for punters, although Middlesbrough are marginal favourites for the away win.
The Tractor boys have scored over 2 goals in their last four matches in the Championship, while Middlesbrough have won five of their last six, so this game has potential for goals.
This game could go either way, with both sides containing plenty of quality and we could be set for a Friday night goal bonanza at Portman Road.
Strap yourself in, sit back and take in this Friday night Championship cracker.
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