- All-time series: 49W-27D-49L
- First league match since 2009
- Boro three points clear of drop
League-leading Manchester City meets up with ex-striker Alvaro Negredo and relegation-battling Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports).
City will be flying high after a 3-1 beatdown of Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium in Champions League play, following a 4-0 thumping of West Brom in PL play last weekend.
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Boro will feel good, too, having scooped its first win since August with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. It had been eight matches across all competitions since Aitor Karanka‘s team had posted victory.
What they’re saying
Boro defender Antonio Barragan: “We saw how they won against Barcelona this week, who are obviously a really good team. But each game is a different story. We have our own weapons to show. We are really hoping to take home a positive result.”
In-form City man Ilkay Gundogan: “If you look at just my goals record, you’d have to say this is the best spell of my career, but I think I can improve my performances over the next few weeks – I’m still not playing at 100% because it does take time after being out of action for so long.”
It’s a tall ask of Boro, though the visitors will have played one fewer match than City this week. Still, expect a relatively simple match with Pep Guardiola‘s men coming away with a 2-0 win.