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PREVIEW: MIDDLESBROUGH v DERBY
Posted on: Thu 20 Mar 2008

Eight games remain in the 2007/08 Premier League season - and this one is as important for Derby as it is for Middlesbrough.

The Rams are still on ten points from their 30 games and their target is to register six more, beating Sunderland's record-low of two years ago.

Their performance in last Saturday's defeat at home to Manchester United was one which went a long way to restoring some pride after that 6-1 mauling at Chelsea.

Derby know they need more showings like that against the Red Devils between now and the end of the season.

Middlesbrough, for their part, still have lingering fears of relegation themselves.

There is immense disappointment on Teeside for the way they missed out on a place in the FA Cup semi-final but then they came back strongly and were so close to winning at Arsenal last week.

The hosts are six points clear of the drop-zone and sit 13th in the table as they look to secure their status in the top-flight.

Time may be ticking down but both sides still have plenty to play for.

TEAM NEWS

Derby boss Paul Jewell expects defender Alan Stubbs to be sidelined for two or three weeks with the calf injury he picked up at Chelsea.

Goalkeeper Roy Carroll should be fit to face Middlesbrough after picking up a slight groin problem against Manchester United, while midfielder Stephen Pearson has seen a specialist about his hernia problem.

Middlesbrough are without Egyptian striker Mido, suspended after picking up a red card in his side's draw at Arsenal last weekend.

His countryman Mohamed Shawky is a major doubt, while the hosts also have concerns over a number of players including record signing Afonso Alves.

The Brazilian striker is rated as "no more than 60-40".

MATCH FACTS

Other than a memorable 4-1 win in January 2000, the Riverside Stadium hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Rams.

Over the years they have been beaten 6-1, 4-0 and 5-1 on Teeside and will be hoping to overturn that record on Saturday.

THE REFEREE

The experienced Martin Atkinson is in charge of a Derby game for the third time this season.

But his first two outings weren't too memorable for the Rams as he oversaw September's 5-0 defeat at Arsenal and February's 3-0 reverse at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

Atkinson has blown the whistle for 33 games this season, during which time he has isseud 86 yellow cards and a further six reds.
 

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1-0 Boro I believe, not even listening to it myself, it's on the radio downstairs though, and I heard my dad laughing...
 

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people getting on Sturridge for some reason

apparently too negative, well what's there to be positive about?
:howler:

Doesn't matter who they have on radio derby, people always moan about them.
 
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