Friday, 6 February 2015

How would you set the team up for Boro?

Top place in the Championship is up for grabs tomorrow and financial imperatives make Middlesbrough desperate to return to the top flight. They are second in the form table and Charlton are bottom.

So how would you set the team up for Boro, given the squad that is available? One could go for a defensive formation making use of the counter attack and hope for a draw to continue Guy Luzon's unbeaten record. This worked at Wolves, but they have one of the poorest home scoring records in the league, 17 in all. Boro have scored 26 at home. What is the Plan B if Boro score?

The other option would be to go for a more attacking formation, starting Tony Watt up front alongside Vetokele. But that could risk another Watford style drubbing and a further increase in the already high volume of moaning. It should also be noted that Boro have conceded only eight goals at home.

The honest answer is that I don't know, but I am not sure that Guy Luzon does either.

Middlesbrough are unbeaten in the last nine meetings in all competitions, winning six. Charlton's last win was 2-1 at home in the Premier League in March 2006. Middlesbrough have won three of the last four meetings at the Riverside Stadium in all competitions, drawing the other. Charlton's last win there was 3-0 in the Premier League in August 2005.

Odds are: Middlesbrough 4/11, Draw 4/1, Charlton 15/2.

9 comments:

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MMMMMmmmmm....difficult I'd personally go for 11 players in goal, and hit them on the break.

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Addickted said...

We were organized defensively and created chances on the counter against a good Wolves side. Can't see why we'd change the formation from 4-4-2. If Watt is match fit he should partner Igor up front as Harriet isn't as effective as when he is played out wide.

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Brian G said...

I agree with Addickted. I was pleased with what I saw at Wolves but Igor needs more help than Harriott can give him. I'd put Watt on from the start on the understanding that me might not last an hour. Realistically I hope that we can come away no more than 2 goals down.