Match date: 12 Jan 2016
| Sport: Football
| Competition: England Other Football
| Stake: 7/10
| Pick: 2 (0 AH)
| Match result:
0-1 - Won
Brentford currently occupies 10th position at the table in English Championship, they suffered narrow defeat most recently in 1/32 finals of FA Cup and were eliminated by Walsall while before that suffered defeat in league against Birmingham on the road 2:1. They will now host league leaders Middlesbrough in 26th round and it will be very hard for them to achieve positive outcome here. Brentford showed decent goal scoring skills so far with 37 goals scored but they must improve their defense since conceded almost equal number of goals. In first duel in this campaign against Middlesbrough on the road they suffered defeat 3:1 and it will be very hard to set up different result here. They still can reach position which could lead them in play offs for promotion in Premier league but to achieve that must improve their performances. This match against league leaders is not coming in the best moment for Brentford and they must show outstanding performances to avoid defeat. Only defender Andreas Bjelland (0/0) won't participate in this match due to an injury.
Middlesbrough on the other hand coming here after was eliminated from FA Cup by Burnley while before that achieved four consecutive victories in league. They are at first position at the table with four points more and one match less played than 2nd Derby and must go for a victory here to increase that difference. Middlesbrough managed to celebrate in every of their last five duels against Brentford and for sure will give their best to achieve another positive outcome. Middlesbrough showed really great performances in this campaign, they scored 36 goals in 24 rounds while conceded 12 and have the best defense in league. They are one of main pretenders for winning the title and promotion and if continue with playing great football like so far for sure will achieve great results. They have failed to win promotion in previous season, in final round of play offs were eliminated by Norwich but in this campaign they showed improving of form and that are determined to reach English top league for the next season. They were also eliminated from Capital One Cup by Everton and now are fully focused on league. All of their players are fully focused and ready for this match.
Brentford had showed pretty poor performances in last two games and they must try to end that negative mini streak, but they must play on very high level to achieve positive result, while Middlesbrough is seeking for their ticket to return into Premier league and despite suffered defeat and were eliminated from FA Cup in last match seems pretty confident and I believe that they are closer to a victory here.