Boro have the opportunity to pick up some much-needed points
After a promising start against Stoke City and Sunderland, Middlesbrough find themselves without a win in their last five Premier League games, something which Aitor Karanka will be hoping to rectify, after the international break.
The first Premier League game for Boro after the World Cup qualifiers, comes at home to Watford. Walter Mazzarri’s team have had a decent start to the season and can look back on good wins against Manchester United and West Ham. However, a 2-0 defeat at Burnley and 2-2 draw at home to Bournemouth, has seen their form slip of late and Boro are certainly capable of picking something up from this match. Conceding goals has been a problem for the Hornets this season, they are yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League and have conceded 4 goals in their last two games. There is certainly something there for Boro to exploit and maybe score more than 1 goal in a match, for the first time since the win at Sunderland. Watford sit in mid-table, with 8 points but Boro, currently in 16th place in the Premier League are only 2 points behind. This is a crucial game and one which Boro are capable of winning. A victory would set the tone after the internationals, for the tough fixtures which lay ahead, one of which is against Arsenal where you can find the 888casino promo.
Arsene Wenger’s team may have been undone by Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season but it’s as if that has given them a shot in the arm, as they have been undefeated since. In fact, following the 4-3 reverse and the 0-0 at Leicester City straight after it, Arsenal have won all their Premier League games, scoring an average of 2.6 goals in the process. Going to the Emirates is never going to be an easy task but Liverpool and Southampton, to a certain degree, have shown Arsenal can be broken down at home. The likes of Ben Gibson, George Friend and Adam Clayton played in the FA Cup tie at the Emirates in February last year, a game which Boro lost 2-0 but were in no way overwhelmed by a first-choice Arsenal team. This is a game which Arsenal will be looking upon as a guaranteed 3 points and Aitor Karanka must take advantage of that, by keeping Boro in the game for as long as possible. The old saying is ‘these are not the games which will decide the season’ but every point is crucial in the Premier League and Arsenal struggled at home last season, against Crystal Palace and Swansea, so it’s not an impossible task to pick up a point from the game.
However, the Boro faithful will be expecting to get something from the home match against Bournemouth, which follows the trip to the Emirates. Eddie Howe’s team have been struggling away from home and haven’t won a match on the road in the Premier League in their last 6 attempts, stretching back to last season. Results show they are not easy to beat and it was only at Manchester City where they were soundly defeated, despite putting in a decent display. The 2-2 draw at Watford, will give Bournemouth the confidence they can take something from the game but much could depend on how they perform at Stoke, prior to their visit to the Riverside. Scoring goals has been a bit of problem for the Cherries, with just 6 to show from their 7 games. A good defensive showing from Boro, could be enough to seal maximum points against Bournemouth.
The upcoming trio of games in the Premier League, presents Boro with the opportunity to pick up some much-needed points and the psychological boost, that comes from winning a game.