Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur

23 Sep

Cristhian Stuani

Cristhian Stuani missed Middlesbrough’s last league game with a groin problem


Middlesbrough pair Cristhian Stuani and Jordan Rhodes are available to face Tottenham after overcoming respective groin and knee injuries.

Fabio da Silva and Grant Leadbitter remain sidelined.

Harry Kane’s ankle injury will bring an end to his run of 71 consecutive league starts for Tottenham.

Danny Rose is a doubt because of a hamstring problem, while Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier will be assessed after they both suffered cramp last weekend.


Guy Mowbray: “With the fixtures and underwhelming results that they’ve had, Middlesbrough’s return to the Premier League has felt somewhat low key so far.

“This game ramps things up a little and, even at this early stage of the season, could point to how the campaign will pan out for Boro. A third defeat in a row would be alarming.

“Tottenham talk is dominated by the loss of Harry Kane for the foreseeable future, but I think they’ll still get results without him.

“Vincent Janssen will get a run of games now, and after needing eight to score his first Eredivisie goal for AZ last season, he then averaged one every match.”

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Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka on opposite number Mauricio Pochettino: “We did the licence course together and we have a really good relationship. But after the referee blows the whistle, we are not friends, for sure – just for 90 minutes.”

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino on Harry Kane’s possible replacement Vincent Janssen: “It’s not only his responsibility now. It’s a team responsibility and he needs to feel free to play and try to help the team. It’s a big opportunity for him to show his real skill.

“He needs to enjoy the game. He has nothing to show – he just needs to play football. Always with a striker, they need to feel confidence and feel the net.”


Middlesbrough have lost back-to-back league games and I wonder whether the momentum you bring up with you as a promoted club is just starting to run out.

Sometimes that momentum makes up for a lack of quality and we will find out a lot about Boro in the next few weeks.

Prediction: 0-2

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Harry Kane will miss his first Tottenham game since November 2014



  • Middlesbrough’s only defeat in the last 11 Premier League home games against Spurs came in April 2007.
  • Boro have scored 37 Premier League goals against Tottenham, more than against any other side.
  • However, Spurs have lost just once in the nine most recent competitive meetings, a 2-1 Premier League away defeat in August 2008 (W4, D3, L1).


  • Middlesbrough haven’t gone three Premier League home games without a win from the start of a season since 2000-01, when they were winless in their first eight fixtures at the Riverside.
  • This will be their 250th Premier League game at the Riverside Stadium (W98, D74, L77).
  • They could register three consecutive league defeats for the first time in three and a half years.
  • All five of Boro’s Premier League goals this season have come before half time.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Spurs have gone unbeaten in their opening five league games of a season for the first time in 12 years. The 2004-05 season was the only time they have remained unbeaten after six matches in the Premier League.
  • A win on Saturday would represent the club’s best start to a top-flight season for 51 years, matching their four wins and two draws after six matches in 1965-66.
  • They have the division’s best defensive record so far this season, keeping three clean sheets and only conceding two goals.
  • Tottenham have fielded the youngest average starting XI in the division so far this season, aged 25 years and 208 days.
  • Harry Kane has only missed four Premier League games since the start of 2014-15, with Spurs only managing one point and two goals without him.

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