March 17, 2015 13:21:37 UK
Middlesbrough’s Patrick Bamford has an extra incentive to beat Derby County as the teams meet in a top of the table Championship clash tonight.
The forward is a Nottingham Forest fan and also played for Derby, on loan last season, he is therefore not short of motivation as he returns to the East Midlands for the game.
He said: “Obviously it is important that Boro go there and get a result because we are chasing promotion and it is a massive game with a big chance for us to take a big step forward against one of our direct rivals.
“That is the biggest reason of course, but I have a few others. But I’ve been a Forest fan since I was born so that gives me an incentive too.”
It is a massive game with a big chance for us to take a big step forward against one of our direct rivals.
Though both Middlesbrough and Derby are out of the automatic promotion places, either could go top with a win tonight in an extremely tight Championship this season.
With all teams having played 37 games with nine remaining; Bournemouth, Watford and Middlesbrough all sit on 69 points with Derby two behind on 67 and Norwich a point further back in fifth. Boro are 5.00 to top the table at the end of the season and priced at 1.83 to win promotion.
Both sides are in mixed form however. Derby are winless in four, drawing at Norwich last time out while Boro, who have lost two of their last five, got back to form in their last game, beating Ipswich 4-1 at the Riverside.
Bamford scored twice against Ipswich and will look to get on the scoresheet again at Derby.
County hope to have George Thorne back in the starting line-up but have a number of players including John Eustace, Chris Martin and Darren Bent out injured.
Boro manager Aitor Karanka is likely to be without defenders Daniel Ayala, Ryan Fredericks and Damia Abella.
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