Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Middlesbrough kick off their Carabao Cup campaign with a match against Shrewsbury. The Boro failed to impress in the 2019/20 Championship campaign, with the team finishing the process in 17th position in the standings. The club chiefs did well to keep hold of Britt Assombalonga in the summer transfer window, and, no doubt, the 27-year-old Congo international will be the man to watch in the home team in Friday’s EFL Cup game.
The Shrews, on the other hand, have not been in action since March 7, 2020 when the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. When the two clubs met in the FA Cup in 2012 Middlesbrough defeated Shrewsbury 1-0, and we believe that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Britt Assombalonga):
Over the years Britt Assombalonga has established himself as one of the best attackers in the Championship. If it wasn’t for injuries, Assombalonga would be producing much better showings in the English second tier, but he still makes life difficult for the opposition defenders at this level.
The DR Congo international, who was born in Kinshasa on December 6, 1992, starting his youth career at Watford. The pacey forward made only 4 appearances for the Hornets in the league before spending a couple of seasons on loan at Wealdstone, Braintree Town and Southend United. In July, 2013 Assombalonga joined Peterborough United, breaking the club’s previous transfer record (£1.1 million).
After scoring 23 goals in 43 appearances for the Posh, Britt Assombalonga moved to Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2014, signing a five-year contract with the Reds for an undisclosed fee. Three years later Assombalonga moved to Middlesbrough and he has been playing for the Riverside Stadium ever since.
Highlighted Team (Shrewsbury):
Based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Shrewsbury Town are a professional club that play home games at New Meadow stadium, the venue which was opened in 2007 and has the capacity of 10,361. Shrewsbury Town were founded back in 1886, with some reports indicating the club was established at the Lion Hotel.
The Blues wear blue shirts with yellow stripe and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kit is purple. Mickey Brown holds the club record for most appearances as he played 190 games for the club, scoring 9 goals in the league. Both Wolverhampton and Walsall are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but there have always been fireworks in matches between Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United as well.
The two teams face each other in the “A49 derby” and it has to be noted that the Blues have built rivalries with Chester City and Wrexham as well.