This weekend, whilst the FA Cup action will be taking centre-stage, the Championship is still going to be in action. One of the biggest games of the weekend takes place at Ewood Park as Blackburn host Middlesbrough in a tie that will pit Danny Graham up against Jordan Hugill.
Both of the sides lost in the week and will be desperate to bounce back with all three points when they face each other. Graham will be looking to add to his ten goals in the division whilst Hugill will hope to score his 7th of the season in a game that could have a big say on the race of the playoffs, especially considering how tight the Championship is at the moment.
Tony Mowbray’s go to man this season so far has been Bradley Dack. The midfielder has shone in a role, playing behind Danny Graham, however, the 33-year-old still has plenty to offer and will look back on his treble against Sheffield Wednesday back in January as his finest moment this season. However, with a tally of ten goals in 29 games he’ll be keen to bolster his record with a goal or two against Boro.
That certainly won’t be an easy feat to accomplish. Tony Pulis’ sides are renowned for being tough to crack and break down, and this current Middlesbrough side is no different. No side has conceded less than Boro’s 24 this season, and Graham will have a serious job on his hands if he’s to net his 11th goal of the season in the Championship, although with Dack supplying him anything can happen.
TT GRADE: B
Jordan Hugill has had a rather strange career so far. Having spent a lot of time in non-league football, he eventually got his break with Preston. With the Championship club, he was never prolific, but the 26-year-old did enough to win himself a move to West Ham last January. As a Hammer, it hasn’t quite clicked and he’s now on-loan in a well organised Pulis team.
This season has seen the on-loan West Ham man grab six goals and two assists in his 24 games under Tony Pulis, and whilst that may not sound great, his recent form sounds better. Four of his eight goal involvements have come in his last seven appearances, and he could be set to put Danny Graham and co to the sword if he keeps going the way he has been.
TT GRADE: C
Danny Graham and Jordan Hugill are yet to set the Championship alight, but when the attention is all on the two as they look to add goals to a tantalising clash in the second-tier of English football and show that the weekend isn’t all about the ongoing FA Cup action. The most likely of the two to do that has to be Graham though, as his experience of a goalscorer in the EFL and better goal tally this season makes him the one to watch out of these two.