Middlesbrough now face an extremely
difficult task to save themselves from relegation, six points from safety
although with a game in hand, and they simply have to win away to Bournemouth
on Saturday for the first time in the Premier League this side of Christmas.
If Boro could triumph on the south
coast, it would potentially drag Bournemouth into the dogfight and give Hull
City and Swansea City a target to aim at in their quests to stay up.
As things stand, the most likely
scenario is that Sunderland and Middlesbrough will go down along with either
Hull or Swansea, but the latter duo look to have potentially winnable home
matches this weekend.
Hull have a terrific record at the KCOM
Stadium since the autumn and will bid to make it eight wins in their last nine
league and cup matches there when they host Watford, who are also much more
effective on their own pitch than when they go on their travels.