This is it for Marco Silva’s side. Win tonight against Middlesbrough, survival is definitely on the cards. Lose, and Swansea beat Spurs, and relegation seems a dooming inevitability. Going into tonight’s game with the Teesiders, City will be looking to build upon their very good home form under Marco Silva in arguably his most important game since his arrival in January.
City’s only real injury concern is to Omar Elabdellaoui who has been ruled out of the game due to a back injury, but apart from that, Silva has a full squad to choose from. This is a welcome problem for the manager, especially with the horrendous injuries the club have had to deal with this season – so with this change in fortune, the fans will hope that players coming back into the squad will rejuvenate the rest of the players into putting on consistently good performances which will be pivotal if the club wish to remain in the Premier League.
Middlesbrough are coming into the game in poor form, with only one point gained in the last 5 games, only scoring one goal in the process. This means that if City’s defence can stay resolute for 90 minutes, the game will be theirs to lose. Middlesbrough have many injury problems of their own , with Calum Chambers and captain George Friend sidelined, and Gaston Ramirez facing a late fitness test after picking up an injury in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with fellow strugglers Swansea.
The game earlier in the season was a very tight one, with tonight’s visitors prevailing 1-0 thanks to a Gaston Ramirez header. I expect another tight game tonight, but hopefully Marco Silva can keep his amazing home record going for another week.