Manchester City hosted Middlesbrough in the Premier League game on Saturday in a hope to go three points clear at top of the table. However they found it hard to breakdown Middlesbrough who were resiliant at the back and made life difficult for city. But the breakthrough finally arrived just before the break when Sergio Aguero scored in 43rd minute to put City 1-0 up.
Manchester City 1-1 Middlesbrough Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
43′ 1 – 0 Sergio Aguero scores just before the break to finally put City in lead after they dominated the game for most part.
90′ 1 – 1 Marten De Roon scored in injury time to make it 1-1.
City are coming into this weekend’s game on the back of a massive 3-1 win over Barcelona in the Champions League and they will be full confidence which is not a news Middlesbrough will welcome. However Middlesbrough has a very solid away record having only lost 1 game of the 5 away matches played this season. City on the other hand has won three and drawn 2 of their home league games so far this season.
Team News & Lineups: Middlesbrough broke their 7 game winless streak last weekend and will be eager to build on that but they have a massive task at their hands when they face City are playing some brilliant football at the moment. City will have to rotate a few players after that epic win in midweek but the likes of Aguero, de Bruyne, Silva and Sterling should retain their places in the starting lineup.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday afternoon.
Both of these teams have meet twice in FA Cup since Middlesbrough’s relegation from premier league and their most recent meeting ended in Middlesbrough getting a surprise win over City in 2015 FA Cup. However this City is at a whole different level and we might see another thumping for Middlesbrough on saturday.
I am going with a comfortable City win with probably early goals. De Bruyne is the most important player in City’s lineup and he along with Aguero should get on the score-sheet.