Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray faces a series of selection headaches for his side`s Championship clash with Crystal Palace.Midfielder Barry Robson is struggling with a persistent thigh problem, while Gary O'Neil, who missed last weekend's 2-1 defeat by Bristol City with a groin injury, remains a doubt as the Teessiders attempt to halt a run of six defeats in seven league outings.Utility-man Julio Arca continues to battle a knee problem and goalkeeper Danny Coyne has a torn calf muscle which is threatening to sideline him.However, full-back Justin Hoyte is in contention once again after making the bench last Saturday following his recovery from a hamstring injury.Rhys Williams (pelvis), Jonathan Franks (herniated disc) and Willo Flood (knee) remain on the casualty list.
Neil Danns could return to the Crystal Palace squad for the clash.The midfielder has been sidelined for a month with a knee injury but has trained this week and hopes to make the bench at the Riverside.Last season's top scorer Darren Ambrose is pushing to start after making his return from a 12-week lay-off with a leg injury as a substitute against Swansea last week.A sickness bug ruled Alex Marrow and Kieron Cadogan out of the Swans defeat while fellow midfielder Owen Garvan had to be withdrawn in the first half but all three should be fit.Anthony Gardner remains a doubt with a groin injury and Claude Davis is still suspended so Adam Barrett is set to continue at centre-half.Sean Scannell and Lee Hills (both knee) are still out.
Both teams in very bad situations Boro has 6 loses and 1 draw in last 7 games which is very strange for team who is favourite for play-off spots before the season.Palace is 1-2-5 in last 8 games.Both teams are on the bottom and will push hard to move from there after the game.Palace conceeded 9 goals in last 3 games , while Boro has only 4 clean sheets in last 21 games.Palace got also only 4 clean sheets but in their last 26 games.Palace got only 1 under in last 6 away games:
23.10.2010 ENG LCh Preston NE 4-3 Crystal Palace
19.10.2010 ENG LCh Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace
28.09.2010 ENG LCh Cardiff City 0-0 Crystal Palace
25.09.2010 ENG LCh Derby County 5-0 Crystal Palace
11.09.2010 ENG LCh Reading FC 3-0 Crystal Palace
28.08.2010 ENG LCh Scunthorpe Utd 3-0 Crystal Palace
both teams got many injured players in defense and in the same time great attackers.For Boro we are gonna see Kris Boyd and Scott McDonald , while for the guests are expected to play Darren Ambrose and James Vaughan.I expect big bottom battle and must win game for the both sides.My first though was to bet on home win , but having in mind the many missings i prefer the over.
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