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(From BBC )

Middlesbrough are without at least nine players through injury, including Joseph Job and Gaizka Mendieta (knee) and Mark Viduka (hamstring).

Stuart Parnaby also remains doubtful with a groin problem, as does Danny Graham due to a hamstring injury.

West Brom's Kieran Richardson is a doubt because of a dead leg so Junichi Inamoto could make his full debut.

Jonathan Greening misses out against his former club through suspension and Geoff Horsfield is expected to be fit.

Middlesbrough (from): Jones, Knight, Queudrue, Taylor, Cooper, Southgate, Ehiogu, Wheater, Davies, Boateng, Parlour, Zenden, Downing, Doriva, Kennedy, Johnson, Hasselbaink, Nemeth, Graham.

West Brom (from): Hoult, Scimeca, Gaardsoe, Clement, Robinson, Gera, Wallwork, Chaplow, Richardson, Campbell, Kanu, Kuszczak, Horsfield, Inamoto, Earnshaw, Albrechtsen, Moore.

Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren:
"West Brom have been in excellent form recently so we will need to be much imporved to come away with all three points.

"But we believe European qualification is achieveable and want the fans to create an inspiring atmosphere.

"West Brom will bring a massive following but I'm sure Boro fans will rise to the challenge."

West Bromwich Albion boss Bryan Robson:
"Earlier in the season we were playing well and ending up with little or nothing.

"There's still a lot of hard work to be done because we have the most difficult run-in.

"But I can't ask for anymore than the lads are showing at the moment."


# MIDDLESBROUGH welcome West Bromwich Albion manager Bryan Robson back to the Riverside for the first time since he was in charge of the Teessiders. During his seven year tenure Boro gained promotion to the Premiership twice, were relegated once, lost to Chelsea in the 1997 FA Cup final and moved from Ayresome Park to the Riverside Stadium.

# Under Steve McClaren, Boro have picked up their first major piece of silverware - last season's Carling Cup - and have won exactly 50 Premiership matches, but only one of those has been in their last seven outings. The Teesside club are desperate for another taste of Uefa Cup football next season, but at present lie one place and two points outside the qualifying mark with a match in hand on those above them.

# Middlesbrough are chasing a sixth successive home League maximum against West Brom, which would increase an unbeaten home League streak against the Baggies to 17 games. They've won 12 and drawn four of the last 16 on home turf against this opposition. They've also achieved five home and away 'doubles' over the Albion since they first engaged in League combat in 1901.

# WEST BROMWICH ALBION have won four of 21 Premiership matches under Bryan Robson. His first in charge was the reverse fixture, which ended in disappointment.

# Two wins and two draws in four games have lifted the Baggies out of the relegation zone. Three of those four matches were away from home. Should the Midlanders follow up a 1-4 victory at Charlton and back-to-back 1-1 draws at Villa and Spurs with maximum points here, they would stay clear of trouble with a match in hand on those around them and be in line to complete an escape, the like of which has not been experienced in 13 seasons of Premier League combat. Successive home fixtures against Blackburn and Arsenal follow this. Then Albion must visit Manchester United before ending the season home to Portsmouth.

# A 56th minute looping header from Bolo Zenden spoiled Bryan Robson's return to The Hawthorns in the reverse fixture in November. Darren Purse's own goal had put the visitors in front on 32 minutes, but Robert Earnshaw equalised four minutes later. Albion have not claimed maximum points on Teesside for 53 years, since a 0-1 triumph at Ayresome Park on 9 February 1952. That's their only victory in 27 League visits since 1928.

Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)


Club stats
8th 46 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 7th
Lowest could fall: 11th

# Recorded two wins in 13 top flight outings.
# Lost five of the last seven League and Cup games.
# Scored only once in the first 15 minutes of Premiership games this season, but netted more than any other club (14) in the first quarter-hour of the second half.
# Gone 13 Premiership games since last won by more than a single goal.

# Lost three of the last five home games in all competitions.
# Won only one of the last seven home Premiership matches.
# Drawn two and lost two top flight games at the Riverside since beating Blackburn 1-0 on 5 February.
# Registered 75 home wins in their Premier League history.

Club stats
17th 29 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 17th
Lowest could fall: 19th

# Drawn the last two - both Premiership, both away, both 1-1 (v Aston Villa and Tottenham).
# Won three of the last six - all Premiership.
# Recorded four wins in 10 League outings.
# Eight points better off to this identical stage than during their only previous Premier League campaign, in the season before last, which resulted in relegation.
# Won five Premiership matches all season. No club has won fewer.
# Drawn more matches in the highest League than any other club (14).
# Won four, drawn eight and lost nine Premiership games under Bryan Robson.
# Drawn seven and lost 12 of the 19 League matches in which the opposition has scored first.
# Scored 32 Premiership goals. Only Blackburn have netted fewer (29).
# Conceded 14 goals in the last 15 minutes of Premiership matches this season. Only Crystal Palace have shipped more in that final quarter-hour segment (16).
# Managed six clean sheets in this League campaign.
# Never won a Premiership match in their history when the opening goal has been conceded.
# Suffered the longest winless streak in the Premiership this season (15 games between 16 October and 16 January). Every club owning this particular sequence at the end of the campaign have never maintained their Premiership status.
# Their 32 goals have been scored by just 10 different players (excluding the two own goals). Only Crystal Palace have a shorter Premiership scorers list containing nine players.
# Won 11 of 71 Premiership matches all time.

# Drawn the last two away from home, against Aston Villa (1-1 and Tottenham (1-1).
# Not lost three away League games.
# Won one and drawn two in the Premiership on the road, since losing 1-0 to Chelsea on 15 March.
# Conceded one goal in each of the last four on their Premiership travels.
# Only club yet to keep a Premiership clean sheet away from home.
# Won only four of 36 away games in their Premier League history.


Squad profiles

# If he participates, Ugo EHIOGU will be facing a former club.
# If he plays, Colin COOPER will be making his 300th top flight appearance.

Squad profiles

# Nwankwo KANU is a hat trick short of scoring 50 goals for English clubs (Arsenal and West Brom).
# If he figures, Neil CLEMENT will be making his 200th appearance in a bona fide League game for the Baggies.
# Suspended: Jonathan GREENING - denied the chance to face his former club.

West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Middlesbrough
14 November 2004 - Ref: Steve Dunn
WBA scorer: Earnshaw 37
Middlesbrough scorers: Purse 32 og, Zenden 52

League: Middlesbrough 34 wins, WBA 27, Draws 18
Prem: Middlesbrough 2 wins, WBA 1, Draws 0

HEAD TO HEAD at Middlesbrough
League: Middlesbrough 25 wins, WBA 5, Draws 9
Prem: Middlesbrough 1 wins, WBA 0, Draws 0

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I think its gonna be tough as Boro are on a low at the moment, and like most team just when you think they are out, they come back and bite you. We could oh so do with a win, but I just cant see it. It think 1-1 or maybe a 2-1 defeat, Earnie with our goal.

Robbos sure in for a warm welcome at the riverside on his first return as an opposing manager.

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Robbo got a rousing reception at the Riverside, which was nice to see.

But the game was one of those that we did everything but score.
We should have been 3-0 up by the time Boro got their first.

Hoult was at fault for the middle 2 goals and Downings free kick was a peach for #4.

I dont think we can be too downhearted about the result. It was a reasonable performance by the team but just one of "those" sort of games.
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