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West Brom visit Middlesbrough on the opening day of the 2022/23 Championship season, with the Baggies chasing their first win over Boro in any competition since October 2019.

The Hawthorns natives will travel to the Riverside on July 30 on the back of two defeats in their last three encounters. Middlesbrough won the last meeting between the two outfits at home this February 2-1, following a 1-1 draw in the West Midlands back in November.

Goals from Paddy McNair and Marcus Tavernier in the 60th and 69th-minutes clinched the three points for Chris Wilder’s men last term. Jayson Molumby had broken the deadlock in West Brom’s favour after 28 minutes, but Steve Bruce’s squad failed to see out the result.

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Middlesbrough’s win at home to West Brom in February saw the Teesside outfit stretch an unbeaten home run to seven wins, too. Boro would go on to end the Championship season with 14 wins from 23 home fixtures, whilst the Baggies won just six of their 23 on the road.

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Now, Bruce will hope to take three points on the opening day of the 2022/23 season when West Brom visit Middlesbrough. A win would see the 61-year-old follow Slaven Bilic’s 2019 win, when substitute Hal Robson-Kanu hit an 82nd-minute winner for his first of the term.

Sam Johnstone (GK): England ace started West Brom’s last win at Middlesbrough

Sam Johnstone started in goal for West Brom as Bilic’s boys scored the Baggies’ last win at Middlesbrough in 2019. The three-cap England international, who is set for a free transfer to Crystal Palace this summer, would keep 14 clean sheets in 46 league games that season.

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Darnell Furlong (RB): Star of West Brom’s last win at Middlesbrough set for rival

Darnell Furlong was a star of West Brom’s last XI to win at Middlesbrough, but he may face competition to open July’s encounter. The Express & Star claim Bruce is keen to sign a new right-back this summer who can push the 26-year-old, who played 31 times during ‘19/20.

Kyle Bartley (CB): Bilic started defender in West Brom’s last win at Middlesbrough

Bilic started Kyle Bartley in West Brom’s last win at Middlesbrough among the centre-half’s 38 Championship appearances that season. The 31-year-old will expect Bruce will use him to open the Baggies’ next trip to the Riverside this summer, too, after 39 outings last term.

Semi Ajayi (CB): West Brom rewarded star of last win at Boro with new contract

West Brom have rewarded Semi Ajayi, one of the stars of their last win at Middlesbrough, with a new contract this year. The Baggies locked the 28-year-old down until 2025 during May, as the 21-cap Nigeria international amassed 31 Championship appearances last term.

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Nathan Ferguson (LB): Crystal Palace signed young defender in 2020

Nathan Ferguson joined Crystal Palace for just £900k in compensation in July 2020 after his contract with West Brom expired. But the 21-year-old has since endured a nightmare spell with injuries at Selhurst Park after rupturing his achilles before suffering a hamstring issue.

Romaine Sawyers (CDM): West Brom have released midfielder this summer

West Brom have announced in their retained list that Romaine Sawyers will leave the club when his contract expires on June 30. The 30-year-old has made 64 appearances for the Baggies since joining from Brentford in 2019, including 42 in the 2019/20 second-tier term.

Jake Livermore (CDM): West Brom captain of club’s last win at Middlesbrough

Jake Livermore captained West Brom to the club’s last win away at Middlesbrough in 2019 and played 92 minutes. Ahmed Hegazy replaced the 32-year-old, who remains the Baggies’ skipper, in stoppage-time to help see out the win and earned a yellow card after a minute.

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Matheus Pereira (RM): Winger started at Riverside during his season on loan

Matheus Pereira started for West Brom at the Riverside in October 2019 after joining that summer on loan from Sporting Lisbon. The Baggies made the Brazilian’s move permanent in 2020 for £9m. Yet he was out the door one year later to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.

Filip Krovinovic (CAM): Former loanee now back in Croatia with Hajduk Split

Filip Krovinovic joined West Brom on loan from Benfica for the 2019/20 season and again in ‘20/21. Yet he left the Hawthorns in January 2021 as Nottingham Forest signed him on loan, having failed to make an impact in the top-flight, and he would then join Hajduk Split in July.

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Grady Diangana (LM): Winger sealed West Brom transfer after 2019/20 loan

Bilic hired Grady Diangana on loan from West Ham for the 2019/20 season, during which his form convinced West Brom to pay £18m to purchase the forward. The 24-year-old hit eight goals and seven assists while on loan, but he has only added three and one of each since.

Charlie Austin (ST): Forward made way for Robson-Kanu at Middlesbrough

Charlie Austin started in West Brom’s last win at Middlesbrough in 2019, but made way for Robson-Kanu before the Welshman’s winner. Bilic had signed Austin from Southampton in 2019 for £4m, but replaced the 32-year-old QPR will release this summer after 62 minutes.