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Preview: Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace

9 September 2016


INTRO
After netting a last-minute equaliser to snatch a point against Bournemouth in their last league encounter nearly two weeks ago, Palace get back to Premier League action by taking on new boys Middlesbrough.

Back in the top-flight for the first time since 2009, Boro have started well and remained unbeaten in their first three games, drawing with Stoke City before beating Sunderland in a north-east derby, and then getting a point in a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Aitor Karanka steered his side to promotion after taking the job in November 2013, and delivered a runners-up spot after edging out Brighton on the final day of the Championship season in May.

They were busy in the transfer window, bringing in 12 news faces including high-profile arrivals Victor Valdes, Alvaro Negredo and Callum Chambers, who is set to make his debut in this game.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Aitor Karanka: "We have shown that we are ready for this league. We are playing at home where we are really good, so we have to go to the pitch confident.

"We have started really well but we can't get carried away because we know how difficult this league is.

"Crystal Palace are experienced and have a good manager, but we have to focus on ourselves and play in our style."  


TEAM NEWS

Middlesbrough: George Friend, Marten de Roon and Valdes could all be back in contention after missing the last few weeks, with new signings Chambers and Adama Traore set to make their debuts.

Cristhian Stuani and Gaston Ramirez will be assessed after only returning from playing for Uruguay on Wednesday night, but James Husband, Grant Leadbitter and Fabio da Silva are all out.

Crystal Palace: James McArthur should be fit to play after pulling out of the Scotland squad as he continues his search for full fitness, but Yohan Cabaye is struggling with a groin injury.

New signing Mathieu Flamini is not expected to feature as he is not yet match fit.


HEAD TO HEAD
Middlesbrough winsDrawsPalace wins
League151015
FA Cup011
League Cup211
Total171217


STATS
The Eagles have never won in five league visits to the Riverside Stadium, alternating between defeat and a draw in all five (D2 L3).

Middlesbrough have lost just one of their last 10 home games at this level, but seven of these have ended all square (W2).

Alvaro Negredo has been directly involved in all three of Middlesbrough's Premier League goals so far this season (scoring once and assisting the other two).

Since losing to Charlton in March, Middlesbrough are unbeaten in 13 league games (W7 D6). However, six of the last seven they've played have ended as draws.


OFFICIALS

It's a first Palace appointment since December for Neil Swarbrick, who last officiated the Eagles goalless draw against Swansea City on 28th December. He also oversaw the wins against Charlton Athletic and Liverpool last term.

Referee: N Swarbrick
Assistants: S Ledger and A Halliday
Fourth Official: M Jones


LAST MEETING AT THE RIVERSIDE STADIUM

25th August 2012
Middlesbrough 2-1 Crystal Palace
Championship

Seb Hines marked his first start of the season with the goal which set Middlesbrough on their way to a second successive league win at the Riverside.

Crystal Palace were behind when Hines netted his first goal since March, before Merouane Zemmama doubled the lead early in the second half.

Jermaine Easter reduced the deficit from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Josh McEachran.

But Palace, who handed debuts to Yannick Bolasie, Andre Moritz and Darcy Blake, could not force an equaliser as they slipped to a third defeat.


TICKETS
Tickets are still available for season ticket holders and paid members at two per person.
 
Adults - £30
Seniors (65+) - £20
Juniors (U18) - £17

Click here to book yours now.


TRAVEL
Coaches depart Selhurst Park at 7am, priced at £27.

For directions on how to get to the Riverside Stadium, read our away travel guide here.

For more information on the ground, click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Teeside will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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