Aston Villa prepare to entertain Middlesbrough at Villa Park at lunchtime on Saturday, looking to continue an impressive record. The Villans are clearly on top, having won 37 and lost only 14 of the 64 games.
The most recent encounter between these two sides at Villa Park was just last season, in November 2003, as the visitors ran out cosy 0-2 winners in a Premiership match.
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|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2004/2005||Sat 18 Dec||Middlesbrough||3 - 0||Aston Villa||PREM|
|2003/2004||Sat 24 Apr||Middlesbrough||1 - 2||Aston Villa||PREM|
|2003/2004||Sat 08 Nov||Aston Villa||0-2||Middlesbrough||PREM|
|2002/2003||Tue 28 Jan||Middlesbrough||2 - 5||Aston Villa||PREM|
|2002/2003||Sat 28 Dec||Aston Villa||1 - 0||Middlesbrough||PREM|
|2001/2002||Sat 06 Apr||Middlesbrough||2 - 1||Aston Villa||PREM|
|2001/2002||Sat 17 Nov||Aston Villa||0 - 0||Middlesbrough||PREM|
Recent respective form guides
Aston Villa's home form is poor, winning just 2 of the last six, and losing the other 4. The Villans's have scored 7 goals in these games, but conceded an alarming 9.
Middlesbrough's away form is none too clever either, collecting 1 win and 3 draws from the last six played. While the Boro have hit 9 goals, 12 have hit the back of the wrong net.
Aston Villa see themselves just below half way in the Barclays Premiership, showing a record of 35 points from their 28 games played so far, Middlesbrough find themselves in a respectable 6th position, courtesy of the 42 points they have accumulated from 28 games.
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FootyMad's prediction ...
These are testing times at Villa Park for the Villans and the Madmen are unable to see past Middlesbrough claiming victory in a close match.
|Aston Villa||Been beaten in each of their previous 2 home matches.|
Failed to win in previous 2 home matches.
Not drawn a match in their last 3 .
|Middlesbrough||Previous 2 away games have finished all-square.|
Not won in previous 5 away matches.
6 games since last defeat.