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Birmingham City 1 v 4 Middlesbrough
SkyBet Championship
Saturday, 19th December 2020 Kick-off 15:00
Birmingham City preview: A brush with a familiar face (or four)
Friday, 18th Dec 2020 18:58 by @Phil Spencer

Middlesbrough end a frantic four-week period with a trip to face Birmingham City.

The clash with the Blues will be the Teessiders' ninth match in just one calendar month, and will see them meet up with a number of old boys.

Aitor Karanka is in charge at St Andrews these days and he'll be hoping to get a victory over the club where he enjoyed so much success - especially with the likes of George Friend, Adam Clayton, Lucas Jutkiewicz and to a lesser extent, Josh McEachran.

Here's our Bonkers For Boro preview ahead of the trip to the second city.

Recent results
Birmingham City last 6 - (LLWWLD)

From most recent - Cardiff City 3-2 Birmingham City, Birmingham City 0-1 Watford, Reading 1-2 Birmingham City, Bristol City 0-1 Birmingham City, Birmingham City 1-2 Barnsley, Birmingham City 0-0 Millwall.

Middlesbrough last 6 - (WWLLWL)

From most recent - Middlesbrough 1-0 Luton Town, Middlesbrough 3-0 Millwall, Preston North End 3-0 Middlesbrough, Stoke City 1-0 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 2-1 Swansea City, Huddersfield Town 3-2 Middlesbrough.

League standing

Birmingham City - 17th, won 5, drawn 5, lost 7, scored 16, conceded 19, points 20.

Middlesbrough - 7th, won 8, drawn 6, lost 5, scored 20, conceded 14, points 30.

Last time out

Birmingham City 2-1 Middlesbrough (Villalba, Bailey; Ayala), October 4 2019.

Team news

Birmingham City: Zach Jeacock (ankle), Caolan Boyd-Munce (thigh), George Friend (knee) and Jeremie Bela (thigh) all miss out.

Middlesbrough: Grant Hall (Achilles), Jonny Howson (hamstring), Marcus Browne (hamstring), Ashley Fletcher (hamstring) miss out.

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