FootyMAD's Middlesbrough match preview

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History of the Aston Villa v Middlesbrough fixture

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:
2004/2005Sat 18 DecMiddlesbrough3 - 0Aston VillaPREM
2003/2004Sat 24 AprMiddlesbrough1 - 2Aston VillaPREM
2003/2004Sat 08 NovAston Villa0-2MiddlesbroughPREM
2002/2003Tue 28 JanMiddlesbrough2 - 5Aston VillaPREM
2002/2003Sat 28 DecAston Villa1 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM
2001/2002Sat 06 AprMiddlesbrough2 - 1Aston VillaPREM
2001/2002Sat 17 NovAston Villa0 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM

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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Current form guides:PWDLFAP
Aston Villa62139117
Middlesbrough6231879

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.

Sequence statistics:
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.