The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a 2-0 win over Marseille in a pre-season friendly last Friday, while West Brom got the better of Hertha Berlin 2-1 in their last friendly of the summer.
Middlesbrough will host West Bromwich Albion in their opening match of the 2022-23 EFL Championship season at Riverside stadium on Friday. The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a 2-0 win over Marseille in a pre-season friendly last Friday, while West Brom got the better of Hertha Berlin 2-1 in their last friendly of the summer. Middlesbrough finished seventh in the last edition of the Championship and missed out on a play-off spot by just five points. West Brom, on the other hand, finished three places behind the Boro.
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Middlesbrough had an impressive pre-season, winning four of their five friendlies, against the likes of Bishop Auckland (5-0), York City (3-2), Morecambe (3-0) and Marseille. While their only defeat came against Braga (3-0). Last Friday, against the French outfit, Isaiah Jones and Marcus Tavernier netted for Chris Wolder’s side to secure the win. The Boro have bolstered their squad this summer by signing Darragh Lenihman, Zack Steffen and Ryan Giles.
West Brom, on the other hand, recorded four wins from six friendlies this summer. Steve Bruce’s side got the better of Hearth in their recent outing last weekend courtesy of goals from John Swift and Daryl Dike. The Baggies have made some additions to strengthen their squad by bringing in John Swift and Jed Wallace.
Middlesbrough defender Paddy McNair is unavailable due to suspension, therefore Marc Bola is expected to come into the playing eleven to partner Lenihan at the heart of the defence. Coburn and Watmore could lead the attack with Giles and Crooks occupying the flanks. As for West Brom, Swift, Wallace and Grant could form the front-three. Molumby and Mowatt are likely to sit in front of the back-four.
Middlesbrough probable starting lineup: Steffen; Dijksteel, Lenihan, Bola; Jones, Crooks, Howson, McGree, Giles; Watmore, Coburn
West Bromwich Albion probable starting lineup: Button; Furlong, O’Shea, Bartley, Townsend; Molumby, Mowatt; Phillips, Swift, Wallace, Grant
The Championship match between Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion will take place at the Riverside Stadium Stadium on Saturday at 10:00 pm IST.
The live coverage of the match is available on Sky Sports network.