'Back on the horse' - David Prutton delivers prediction for Middlesbrough clash vs Derby County

Neil Warnock, Manager of Middlesbrough. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Neil Warnock, Manager of Middlesbrough. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Neil Warnock, Manager of Middlesbrough. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
David Prutton has backed Middlesbrough to get back to winning ways against Derby County on Saturday.

Boro are winless in their last four matches – the longest run that Neil Warnock has endured since taking over at the club – and suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at the hands of high-flying Brentford last weekend.

For their part, the Rams haven’t played since they lost 3-0 to fellow strugglers Rotherham United on February 3rd, and find themselves stuck in the bottom three despite winning three of their last five matches.

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Prutton believes that their misery will be compounded against Warnock’s men this weekend.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: “Derby have had a lot of time to dwell on their defeat to Rotherham and what went wrong for them there.

"They missed Krystian Bielik a lot in that one, and look so much less secure without him.

Middlesbrough have no wins in four, which is the longest run since Neil Warnock took over.

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"They will want to get back on the horse, which I think they'll do at Pride Park.”

Prutton predicts a 2-1 win for Boro.

Middlesbrough have lost just one of their last five matches against the Rams, slumping to a 2-0 defeat at Pride Park last season.

The last time these two sides met was a much more fruitful affair for Warnock’s side, winning 3-0 at the Riverside back in November.

Britt Assombalonga and Marvin Johnson struck for the hosts, with Matt Clarke scoring an own goal for the visitors.