Bristol City are in search of their first league win in three matches as they travel to the Riverside Stadium to face Middlesbrough. Man Utd legend Michael Carrick takes charge of his first home game since succeeding Chris Wilder.
The Robins were only able to pick up a point from their last two matches at Ashton Gate, drawing with Swansea City but suffering a defeat to Sheffield United in midweek. Middlesbrough had better fortunes and beat Hull City 3-1 which gave Carrick his first win in charge of Boro.
Middlesbrough were expected to be in the promotion picture in the early season predictions but instead sit 19th in the Championship standings. City are four places higher than Boro but there are only two points to separate the two teams. A win for the hosts would see them overtake City.
In his weekly column for Sky Sports where he predicts the outcome of all Championship matches, David Prutton isn’t favouring City in this match. The former Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Southampton midfielder believes Bristol City will fall to a 2-1 defeat.
His last two predictions have seen him predict a 1-0 defeat to Swansea City in which he got wrong. Prutton also predicted that Sheffield United would win 2-1 and so he got the result right but not the scoreline. The last time he tipped City to win was against Reading, but they ultimately lost 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium.
One thing that could favour Bristol City is that Middlesbrough struggle with consistency and have yet to win back-to-back games this season. City have struggled to capture their early season form since the international break.
Bristol City will have to be wary of Matt Crooks who has returned from injury. He has scored three of the last four Championship matches against City, scoring twice against them last season. City aren’t the greatest of travellers and have lost 13 away league games this year, which is the same as they did in 2021, they haven’t lot more than 13 since 2016.