FM Preview: Portsmouth v Middlesbrough 03 Mar 2012
By Footymad Previewer
Updated Friday, 2nd March 2012
The game between Portsmouth and Middlesbrough in the Championship on 3rd March 2012 at 15:00 takes centre stage for FootyMad's preview analysis.
History of the Portsmouth v Middlesbrough fixture
Middlesbrough face a trip to Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Boro will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 30 and win only 11 of the 54 games.
The most recent encounter between these two sides was less than a year ago, in March 2011, when they played out a goalless draw in a Championship match.
Recent encounters between the teams
|2011/2012||Sat 06 Aug||Middlesbrough||2 - 2||Portsmouth||Championship|
|2010/2011||Sat 12 Mar||Portsmouth||0-0||Middlesbrough||Championship|
|2010/2011||Sat 02 Oct||Middlesbrough||2 - 2||Portsmouth||Championship|
|2008/2009||Sat 14 Mar||Middlesbrough||1 - 1||Portsmouth||Premier League|
|2008/2009||Sat 13 Sep||Portsmouth||2 - 1||Middlesbrough||Premier League|
|2007/2008||Sat 03 May||Middlesbrough||2 - 0||Portsmouth||Premier League|
|2007/2008||Sat 29 Dec||Portsmouth||0 - 1||Middlesbrough||Premier League|
For a detailed analysis of the complete head-to-head record between the two sides, click here
Recent respective form guides
Portsmouth are not in the best of form at home, with two wins, two draws, and two defeats in their last six. The goals for column just outweighs the goals against over this period, 5 to 4.
Middlesbrough have an average recent record on the road, with two wins, two draws, and two defeats. The Boro's have scored 10 goals in these games, but conceded an alarming 12.
Portsmouth are stuck down in the relegation zone of npower Championship with a return of just 26 points from their 32 games thus far.
Middlesbrough lie just outside the playoff positions in the npower Championship, picking up 53 from their 32 games so far.
Current overall team form
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FootyMad's prediction ...
Its been an indifferent run of form for the Boro of late away from home, but your FootyMad panel sees things improving, starting here at Fratton Park with Middlesbrough coasting to victory. Away win
|Portsmouth||Failed to win in previous 3 home matches.
Not won in the 5 most recent games.
|Middlesbrough||Undefeated in last 3 away games.
Last drawn game 5 outings ago.
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