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      David Prutton assesses Middlesbrough’s automatic promotion chances ahead of trip to Sheffield United

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 14, 2023

      David Prutton believes Middlesbrough are the only team capable of catching Sheffield United this season, but believes they need to win at Bramall Lane on Wednesday night to do so.

      Paul Heckingbottom’s team lead by one game less than Boro and are currently ten points ahead of Michael Carrick’s team. And as good as Boro’s form has been since his head coach’s arrival, the Blades have actually dropped fewer points than Boro in that stretch.

      With Sheffield United having the chance to extend their hold on the automatic promotion spot to 13 points with that game still a factor, Prutton believes we’ll meet the top two in the Championship on Wednesday night if the home side get all three. points.

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      Asked if a Sheffield United win would spell the end of Boro’s automatic promotion hopes, the EFL pundit told Sky Sports: “For the sake of our coverage, no. We have to keep people tuned in between now and the end of the season!

      “I think what Michael Carrick has done in coming in and galvanizing that team is excellent. Look at what he’s done with Chuba Akpom, for example. He’s a player who almost went out the door in Boro. The way he has it back between the goals the way he has…

      “In fact, I saw them a couple of weeks ago against Sunderland in a game they lost at the Stadium of Light. That was a bit of a bump in the road and they’ve been able to get over it.”

      “The football they’re playing, with a very solid foundation, means they’re going to go to Bramall Lane with real confidence. The fact that we have these two teams second and third in the Championship, I think don’t think it’s pigeonholed by any stretch. of the imagination.


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