Ian Holloway predicts Derby v Middlesbrough

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Derby County and Middlesbrough will face each other at the iPro Stadium in the Championship this evening.

Former Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has predicted on Skysports.com that this evening’s Championship game between Derby County and Middlesbrough will end in a draw.

The 52-year-old seems to think that the match at the iPro Stadium will be a close one and has suggested a 1-1 scoreline as the final result.

“I’ve changed my mind three times on this one!” Holloway wrote on Skysports.com. “It’s very difficult to call, so I’m going for a draw. They are both good teams, who will be up there at the end of the season.

“It’s going to take a little while for the Derby players to get used to Paul Clement. When they do click, they’ll hit a good run of form, they have got some undoubted quality there.

“If you offered Paul the 1-1 now, he would probably settle for that with the strength of Middlesbrough.”

Close game

Both Derby and Middlesbrough are aiming for a top-two finish in the Championship this season, which will secure them automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Hosts Derby will head into the encounter on the back of a 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic at home.

The Rams have yet to win a competitive game this season, having drawn 0-0 with Bolton Wanderers away from home in their first Championship match of the campaign before losing the League Cup first-round tie to Portsmouth.

Visiting Middlesbrough have fared better than Derby so far this season, having played out a goalless draw with Preston North End away from home before defeating Bolton 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

Aitor Karanka’s side have also progressed to the second round of the League Cup courtesy of 3-1 victory over Oldham Athletic away from home.

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