Boro hjemme lørdag 17.01.09

ImageFår vi ny svenske pakke? Og hvilken øl skal vi velge? Snakk om vanskelig valg en vanlig januar lørdag. I farten så bruker vi vel å ha en god historie på hjemme kamper tidlig i januar etter mine grå minner. Men det har muligens vært i brus serien. Vanskelig å oppdrive juleøl nå og Hr Butler får spare de han har til cupen. Kanskje må vi rett og slett gjøre som vår kjære svenske venn. Pripps Blå lättö godness..

Venue: The Hawthorns Date: Saturday, 17 January Kick-off: 1500 GMT
Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Tees 95FM, score updates on BBC WM 95.6FM, BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live & highlights on Match of the Day; featured game on Final Score


On-loan Nancy striker Marc-Antoine Fortune may make his West Brom debut, replacing the suspended Roman Bednar.

Midfielder Filipe Teixeira could make his first Premier League start since recovering from a knee injury but James Morrison (hamstring) is still out.

Middlesbrough captain Emanuel Pogatetz is struggling to shake off a hamstring problem and could miss the game.

But Didier Digard has been passed fit after suffering a facial injury and Gary O'Neil has recovered from illness.


West Brom (from): Carson, Kiely, Zuiverloon, Hoefkens, Olsson, Barnett, Donk, Robinson, Cech, Greening, Koren, Valero, Brunt, Teixeira, Do-Heon, Dorrans, Simpson, Fortune, Moore, Beattie, Pele.

Middlesbrough (from): Turnbull, Jones, McMahon, Bates, Riggott, Huth, Wheater, Taylor, Emnes, Tuncay, O'Neil, Arca, Digard, Johnson, Downing, Porritt, Alves, Mido.


West Brom manager Tony Mowbray: "The next game is Middlesbrough and we need to take points off them.

"If we can get a victory it will do our cause the power of good and damage them - we need to keep many teams around us to give us the best opportunity.

"To win three home league games on the bounce would give us a psychological boost with Manchester United next up."

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate:
"Things will be a lot easier because people understand why we are doing what we have done (refusing to sell any players in the January transfer window).

"Now we can concentrate on what is more important and that is working to our utmost every week in the League.

"We have to do it together as a team and our only thought now is to try to win Saturday's game at West Brom."





Bottom of the table West Bromwich Albion, host bottom of the "form" table, Middlesbrough.

Victory against the club he used to play for, could take Tony Mowbray's Baggies out of the relegation zone for the first time in two months; a clear four goal win would see them leapfrogging Middlesbrough.

Both these clubs have won just five Premier League games this season; 'Boro are on the longest current winless sequence in the top division of nine games.

This game pits two of the three youngest managers in the Premier League; Mowbray is 45, Gareth Southgate 38. (West Ham's Gianfranco Zola is 42).

West Brom are aiming to complete the double over Middlesbrough for the first time in 86 years.

Distance between the clubs: 182 miles (293 kilometres)





20th 18 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 16th
Lowest could fall: 20th


1. Won two and lost two of their last four Premier League matches.

2. Lost 10 of the last 14 league games.

3. Lost more matches and scored fewer goals than any other club in the top division. More details

4. One point down on their total at this same stage in 2005-06 - their most recent season at this level, which ended in relegation.

5. Won one of 14 top-flight matches against North-East opposition; that being the reverse fixture with Middlesbrough last September.

6. Only ever recorded one home victory against a North-East club in the Premier League; 1-0 against Middlesbrough on 30 November 2002.





16th 21 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 11th
Lowest could fall: 19th


1. Picked up just four points from a last possible 27; drawn four and lost five of nine Premier League games since beating Aston Villa 1-2 on 9 November.

2. Scored just one goal in four league outings.

3. One point up on this same stage last season when 14th in the table, and on the same mark as in the previous campaign. Finished 13th last season, and 12th the season before.

4. Lost the last three away league games against Hull, Fulham and Manchester United; not won in four on the road since the visit to Villa Park two months ago.

5. Lost the last two against promoted clubs, home to West Brom and away to Hull, but won the first 2-1, home to Stoke on 30 August.

6. Won three of their last four top-flight matches against Midlands clubs.





Scott CARSON is the only remaining player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of West Brom's Premier League matches this season.

If selected:-

Paul ROBINSON will be making his 200th league appearance for West Brom.

Leon BARNETT will be making his 100th career league appearance (Luton and West Brom).

Roman BEDNAR and Ishmael MILLER will be making their 50th league appearances for West Brom.

Craig BEATTIE will be playing the day after turning 25.

Marek CECH will be playing on the eve of his 26th birthday.

Jonathan GREENING will be facing a former club. The 30 year old midfielder made 109 appearances (99 in the league) and scored four league goals for Middlesbrough between August 2001 and his £1.25m move to the Hawthorns in July 2004.

James MORRISON will also be facing former club mates. The 22 year old midfielder made 48 appearances (40 in the league) and scored eight goals (six league) for the Baggies from the beginning of his professional career to his £1.5m transfer to West Brom in August 2007.




Stewart DOWNING is the only remaining player to have started every one of Middlesbrough's Premier League matches this season.

If selected:-

Emanuel POGATETZ and TUNCAY Sanli will be playing the day after their respective 26th and 27th birthdays.

If on the field from the outset:-

Julio ARCA will be making his 50th Premier League start for Middlesbrough.



West Brom have not completed home and away victories in the same league season over Middlesbrough since their pair of 1-0 wins in the 1922-23 top flight campaign.

The Baggies have recorded only two Premier League triumphs over the Teessiders - their first and most recent clashes - both 1-0. Danny Dichio got the winner in the initial match at the Hawthorns on 30 November 2002.

'Boro are pursuing a third successive league victory at the Hawthorns.

Home and away
League (inc PL): WBA 28 wins, Middlesbrough 36, Draws 19
Prem: WBA 2 wins, Middlesbrough 4, Draws 1

at WBA only
League (inc PL): WBA 22 wins, Middlesbrough 10, Draws 9
Prem: WBA 1 win, Middlesbrough 2, Draws 0



Middlesbrough 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
27 September 2008 - Ref: Chris Foy
WBA scorer: Olsson 53



Mark Halsey (Lancashire)