match preview: middlesbrough look to dent norwich's title hopes

14:00    29 Mar 2019

Britt Assombalonga
Middlesbrough will be hoping to dent Norwich City's hopes of winning the 2018/19 English Football League (EFL) Championship title when the two teams clash at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

Catch live coverage of the encounter on Fox Sports 1 from 19h25 CAT.

The Boro extended their winless run to four matches in the league when they lost 3-0 to Aston Villa away in an encounter which was played at Villa Park almost two weeks ago.

The defeat saw Middlesbrough remain fifth on the league standings - three points above tenth-placed Sheffield Wednesday as the race for a top six finish intensifies.

The Boro, who are under the guidance of Tony Pulis, will be banking on Britt Assombalonga's scoring form with the DR Congolese striker having netted 10 league goals this season.

Meanwhile, Norwich extended their winning run to six matches in the league when they defeated Rotherham United 2-1 away in a game which was played at the New York Stadium almost two weeks ago.

The win saw the Canaries maintain their lead at the top of the league standings as they are four points above second-placed Sheffield United with eight matches left.

Daniel Farke's side will look to the league's top scorer Teemu Pukki, who has impressively hit the back of the net 24 times in the league this season.

In Head-to-Head stats, Middlesbrough and Norwich have clashed eight times in the Championship since 2010.

Norwich have dominated winning five matches compared to Middlesbrough's two wins, while one game ended in a draw.

Norwich beat Middlesbrough 1-0 in the first round clash at the Carrow Road earlier this season.

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