Match date: 01 Dec 2015
| Sport: Football
| Competition: England Other Football
| Stake: 7/10
| Pick: G/G
| Match result:
0-2 - Lost
Middlesbrough will host Everton in quarter finals of English Capital One Cup. Middlesrough is doing fine job in this season, they are currently at 2nd position in Championship with 36 points after 18 rounds, with two points less than league leaders Brighton. Middlesbrough is playing decent offensive football in this campaign and they are among most effective teams in league with 27 goals scored in 18 matches while defense also did a good job and conceded only 12 goals. Middlesbrough achieved great success by eliminating Manchester United in 1/8 finals and now will for sure give their best and try to overcome Everton. This is their opportunity to end end bad results against Everton, in last six duels against them Middlesbrough suffered four defeats and got two draws while this is their first mutual match after 7 seasons. Middlesbrough is coming here after two victories in Championship over Huddersfield and QPR and they managed to keep a clean sheet in both duels. They are failed to win promotion in past few seasons, while in previous campaign they were closest to achieving that goal, they reached play offs but in final round were defeated by Norwich. This is very important match for Middlesbrough and they must play on very high level here to achieve positive result and get through to a semi finals.
Everton on the other side are at decent 9th position in Premier league which is full of surprises in this season, more than we used to. Everton is in good form, they are coming here after very exciting match against newly promoted Bournemouth where they got a draw on the road 3:3, despite that they had a lead until 98th minute, while in last five matches are without victory. In 1/8 finals of Capital one Cup they were better than Norwich after penalties and now they must face with more than decent Middlesbrough. Everton suffered only three defeats in this season and those defeats were against strongest teams in league, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United. Everton is playing great attacking football in this season and they are among most effective teams in league with 27 goals scored in 14 matches while conceded 19. Everton showed that they are very strong side with consistency in their game, they are currently have 8 points less than league leaders Manchester City. Everton never managed to win League Cup and they last reached semi finals in 2008. Midfielders Gareth Barry and James McCarthy are in doubt for this match due to a slight injuries, while goalkeeper Joel Robles will replace Tim Howard as was case so far through this competition.
This will for sure be very interesting clash between two decent sides, both teams showed good performances in this season, Middlesbrough is trying to win promotion into Premier league in this season and they showed that they are able to achieve good results in this campaign after eliminating Manchester United in previous round of the Capital one Cup, while Everton will also go for a victory and try to reach semi finals after seven years, I expect open and exciting match with both teams to score.