Another TV game! I don't like it when city are on TV, we tend not to perform to our ability and always disappoint the neutral fan. Not a fan of the 12:45 kick off either, but on with the game.
Our Home form has obviously been our saviour this season with 7 of our 8 wins coming at home, i am expecting city to take three points again tomorrow. Mark Hughes has called for patience in our games. We know teams will come and form a solid midfield and try and stop our attacking players from linking up. Boro will have the likes of Digard and O'neil back in the side to compact their midfield. We have great ability going forward and tend to play with more comfort and freedom at home. So hopefully we can overcome a well organised but ordinary Boro side.
Tomorrow will see a home debut for Shay Given which i am quite happy about. I think he will instill much needed confidence in our back four and hopefully start to eradicate our calamitous edge which has cost us so many games this season. Wright-Phillips is also allowed to play tomorrow after the FA extension on his appeal. This too is great news, as he is an obvious quality member of the squad. Otherwise i expect a pretty similar side to what we have been seeing. I hope Hughes will be more inclined to use caicedo, as his physical presence alone adds a new dimension to our attack. Elano has been in good form, he probably deserves a start, but i think Ireland will still be favoured by Hughes.
I am genuinely confident as i believe we have made progress already this January with a reinforced midfield and defence, we look more comfortable against physical sides. Our difficulty to break down Stoke is a worry, but our away form is clearly influenced by other factors. I hope this improvement continues as we need a strong finish to the season for Hughes sake alone. Time is only given to those who deserve it, results are now the necessary!
Tomorrows Ref is........ Steve Bennett!
I predict a Home win. The Fink Tank predicts that City are 54.5% likely to win. There is only a 22.1% chance of an away win. So hopefully facts and complex calculations will play true and city will finish the victors.