Can I watch Bristol City v Middlesbrough? Kick-off time, form guide, stream details and team news

Bristol City take on Middlesbrough in front of their home fans at Ashton Gate in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon
Bristol City face one of the in-form Championship teams in Chris Wilder’s Midlesbrough. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)Bristol City face one of the in-form Championship teams in Chris Wilder’s Midlesbrough. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Bristol City face one of the in-form Championship teams in Chris Wilder’s Midlesbrough. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Bristol City will play in front of their home fans at Ashton Gate as they look to pick up a result after a disappointing 3-1 defeat away from home against Swansea City.

The Robins will want to repeat their last home game where they saw off Reading 2-1 but Saturday’s opposition will prove a tough test given how they are one of the leagues in-form side.

Bristol City come into this game low on confidence. With Nigel Pearson’s side having only picked up four points in their last five games, this game will be key for the squad as they look to bounce back from recent performances. Andreas Weimann however comes into this game eager to add to his goal tally. After an early goal vs Swansea, the Austrian international has ranked up 15 goals in the Championship. Being fourth in the top scorer’s tally behind Mitrovic, Díaz and Solanke.

Middlesbrough come to Ashton Gate off a big 4-1-win vs Derby County. The team in North-East England have picked up ten points in their last five Championship games. Having also won against Manchester United in the FA Cup, Chris Wilder will be looking for a result as they look to continue their play-off push.

Kick-off time

The match will kick-off at 15:00 and will take place at Ashton Gate Stadium.

Max O’Leary isn’t available for Bristol City for the match against Middlesbrough. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)Max O’Leary isn’t available for Bristol City for the match against Middlesbrough. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
Max O’Leary isn’t available for Bristol City for the match against Middlesbrough. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

What’s the latest team news for Bristol City?

After a disappointing result against Swansea City, things don’t get much easier for Nigel Pearson. After many of the squad’s players missing due to injury, Bristol City’s squad is becoming thinner and thinner as the season progresses.

Max O’Leary, who has recently been the first choice in net for the Robins, collided with Michael Obafemi on Sunday leaving him unable to continue the match. Therefore, meaning Bentley, who hasn’t started a match since December 18, will most likely start tomorrow afternoon.

With key players such as Andy King, Matty James, Rob Atkinson, Nathan Baker and just recently Callum O’Dowda still suffering from injuries, it’ll be interesting to see how Nigel Pearson selects his team for tomorrow’s match.

Martin Payero, who played for Argentina in the Olympics, is not available for Middlesbrough. (Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)Martin Payero, who played for Argentina in the Olympics, is not available for Middlesbrough. (Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)
Martin Payero, who played for Argentina in the Olympics, is not available for Middlesbrough. (Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)

What’s the latest team news for Middlesbrough?

Chris Wilder has confirmed in a recent press conference that Martin Payero and Marco Bola will not be returning in time for tomorrow’s kick off but will be back playing football in a few weeks. In a press conference he was quoted “We’re getting players back fit as well so I’m delighted about that. Obviously, there is a couple of long-term boys injured but we’ve got Marc Bola back on the grass now so he’s possibly ten days to two weeks away.”

Midfielder Matt Crooks will be very confident coming to Ashton Gate after netting in Boro’s last game against Derby as well as scoring in their Emirates FA Cup win against Manchester United. He will be looking to emulate his performance against City from earlier on in the season when he netted the winner against the Robins.

Darnell Fisher and Sammy Ameobi are not available as they have been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Form guide and head-to head

Last time out, Middlesbrough came out victorious after a 2-1 win which saw Matt Crooks score the winner. It looked like Bristol City would make it hard for the hosts after a decent opening five minutes. But from that moment on, the Robins struggled to make an impact in the final third until the equaliser from Andy King in the second half.

There has been a total of 84 meetings between Bristol City and Middlesbrough. With Bristol City winning the first meeting between the pair in a 2-0 victory back in the 1955/1956 season. Since then, Bristol City have only come out victorious in 27 games compared to Middlesbrough’s 35 wins.

Bristol City sit 17th in the Championship this season currently being on 37 points. Having only won once in their last five league games, Nigel Pearson will look to get his side out of this bad run of form.

Middlesbrough sit sixth in the Championship this season currently being on 49 points. They have won three of their last five league games, coming into this game full of confidence as they try to secure a playoff position.

Can I watch the match?

Due to the 3pm kick-off rule in England, the match will not be on TV tomorrow afternoon. BristolWorld will be present at the match though and will bring you all the post-match analysis after the final whistle is blown.

How can I watch highlights?

Highlights will appear in the EFL on Quest Show as it is usually broadcasted on a Saturday evening at 21:00.

Otherwise, wait until midnight and the highlights should be uploaded to both clubs YouTube channels.