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12/04/2019 at 19:10

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PREVIEW: Middlesbrough v Hull City

Wednesday's last gasp win over Wigan Athletic kept Hull City in the play-off mix, given the fixtures remaining. As ever, the next game is the most important one, but it really is, by virtue of the fact it's fellow top six chasers Middlesbrough - who City can overtake with a victory. 

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The Tigers chief will be reticent to make changes to a winning side. Yet, with some crunch games to come, all of which involve those chasing the play-offs, Adkins may wish to maintain his first choice XI. Defenders Jordy de-Wijs and Reece Burke both collected knocks during the 2-1 victory over the Latics on Wednesday, so the pair will need assessing before being considered.

Middlesbrough have orchestrated an alarming slide in form, at precisely the wrong time of the season. But manager Tony Pulis did manage to halt a five game straight losing streak with a victory away at Bolton in midweek. Boro are in danger of losing five home games on the bounce when they play City, a repeat of such will not have been seen since 1996 when Bryan Robson was in charge. The hosts will also be missing influential full back George Friend, who is ruled out with injury. 

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