FM Preview: Southampton v Middlesbrough 29 Oct 2011
By Footymad Previewer
Updated Friday, 28th October 2011
This week FootyMad's match preview focuses on the game between Southampton and Middlesbrough at 15:00 on 29th October 2011 in the Championship.
History of the Southampton v Middlesbrough fixture
Middlesbrough travel to take on Southampton at St. Marys on Saturday afternoon, hoping to improve upon an average previous return from this fixture. Of the 26 games played, Boro have recorded 5 wins, and Southampton have come away with 13 victories.
The last time the two teams met at Southampton was back in December 2004, over five years ago, where the two teams cancelled each other out in an enthralling 2-2 draw in a Premiership match.
Recent encounters between the teams
|2004/2005||Sun 20 Mar||Middlesbrough||1 - 3||Southampton||Premiership|
|2004/2005||Sat 11 Dec||Southampton||2-2||Middlesbrough||Premiership|
|2003/2004||Mon 12 Apr||Middlesbrough||3 - 1||Southampton||Premiership|
|2003/2004||Sat 27 Sep||Southampton||0 - 1||Middlesbrough||Premiership|
|2002/2003||Sat 11 Jan||Middlesbrough||2 - 2||Southampton||Premiership|
|2002/2003||Sat 17 Aug||Southampton||0 - 0||Middlesbrough||Premiership|
|2001/2002||Wed 06 Mar||Southampton||1 - 1||Middlesbrough||Premiership|
For a detailed analysis of the complete head-to-head record between the two sides, click here
Recent respective form guides
Southampton could not have a more impressive recent home form, having won each of the last six games. In this time, Saints have rattled up an impressive 15 goals, and conceded 4.
The Boro have had a decent run of form away from home recently, coming away with three points on 3 occasions, but drawing 1 and losing 2. The Boro's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 6 goals for and 4 against.
Southampton are leading the way in the npower Championship, with their 13 games giving them a return of 27 points.
Middlesbrough are just outside the promotion places, in 3rd, having taken 24 points from 13 games.
Current overall team form
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FootyMad's prediction ...
FootyMad see this game edging towards a narrow win for the Saints, as the Boro have been none too clever on the road in recent matches. Home win
|Southampton||Won 17 successive home games.
19 games since last home draw.
Not won in the 2 most recent games.
|Middlesbrough||Not won in previous 3 away matches.
For a detailed analysis of current team sequences throughout the leagues, click here