Five key battles that will decide Man City vs. Middlesbrough
With that dreaded international break loomingly large, both Manchester City and Middlesbrough will battle it out this Saturday in search of a feel-good win. But where will the game be won and lost?
Saturday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium will be the Spanish Inquisition as compatriots Aitor Karanka and Pep Guardiola will be hopeful of guiding their respective teams to three points.
Last weekend witnessed both sides end unwanted winless runs as City overcame West Brom while Boro claimed three points at home to Bournemouth.
Most people view the Citizens as the favourites for this contest as they boast home advantage and possess a far superior squad, however, you can never rule out a team as expertly assembled as Karanka’s Teessiders, who beat City at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup in 2015 against all the odds.
It looks set to be a tightly contested battle between the two teams, and here are some key duels ahead of this clash in Manchester…