Middlesbrough and Arsenal fight for much needed three points when they lock horns at the Riverside Stadium on Monday night.
The Boro are sitting at 19th spot in the league table with a considerable threat of going down in their first season after promotion. The gap outside the relegation zone remain unchanged at 7 points after Hull and Swansea lost their respective games of matchday 33.
Middlesbrough’s latest Premier League fixture was a goal-less home draw against Burnley that extended their win-less run to 14 games. They drew 6 and lost 8 during the period, but safety from relegation cannot be achieved without winning matches from now on.
Arsenal on the other hand have dropped down to 7th in the league table after both Manchester United and Everton won their weekend fixtures. Their gap with Manchester City at the final Champions League spot is widened to 10 points. We might be finally in for a season where Arsenal fails to make it into Europe’s elite club competitions.
The Gunners were thrashed 3-0 by Crystal Palace last week to hand them their 5th league defeat in the space of 8 matches. Furthermore, Arsenal are coming on the back of 4 consecutive away defeats and have won just once in the last 8 on the road. The numbers do not look good for the Gunners even when going against a team of Boro’s stature.