Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

10 Reasons That Say We Will Beat Basle

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

10 Reasons That Say We Will Beat Basle

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Boro have a quality squad of three strikers in Yakubu, Mark Viduka and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who have scored more than 50 goals between them already this season.

As a result, Boro are the top scorers outside of the top eight in the Premiership.

OK, Boro drew a blank at St Jakob Park when Hasselbaink and Viduka failed to function.

All the more reason why the front running trio will do the business tomorrow.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

THE quarter-final tie would have been all over if Aussie midfielder Scott Chipperfield had put away his gilt-edged chance in the 70th minute of the first leg.

But substitute Chipperfield's shot was hacked off the line by Chris Riggott and Boro lost only 2-0 rather than 3-0.

Riggott's stop has already been described as a defining moment by Steve McClaren and Boro can make the Swiss side pay for that miss tomorrow.

CHOCOLATE

CADBURY'S is better than Toblerone. Oh yes, it is!

REMEMBER LIVERPOOL

BORO were trailing 2-1 from the first leg of the Coca Cola Cup semis in February, 1998, and Premiership side Liverpool were hot favourites to sweep past Bryan Robson's First Division hopefuls and reach the Wembley final.

But Boro got off to a phenomenal start in the Riverside decider, scoring twice in the first four minutes in an electrically-charged atmosphere.

It was all they needed to see off the illustrious Scousers.

Paul Merson swept home a penalty inside two minutes after Jamie Carragher had brought down Mikkel Beck, and then Marco Branca fired between David James' legs two minutes later.

You can't beat a great start to a cup tie, and Boro need one tomorrow - it's up to you fans to produce a wall of noise which leaves Basle quaking.

ONE FOR MANNY

BORO defender Emanuel Pogatetz must sit and watch the match from a hospital bed after breaking his cheekbone in the first leg at St Jakob Park.

The injury happened in an unfortunate clash of heads with Mladen Petric, which left Manny needing a hospital visit before being allowed to fly home with his team-mates. …

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