Aston Villa will be aiming to close down on the playoff positions when they welcome Middlesbrough to Villa Park on Saturday. The West Midlands outfit have revived their promotion prospects with three straight wins and they are now within two points off the top six. Middlesbrough have experienced the exact opposite in terms of league form with the single point in March, but they are still in the playoff places with a three-point advantage over seventh-placed Bristol City. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Villa bagged a third successive league win in midweek following a 3-1 triumph over Nottingham Forest on the road. John McGinn was the leading performer for the Villains with a first-half brace.
Middlesbrough, meanwhile, suffered a second-straight league defeat after going down 2-1 at the hands of Preston North End. The hosts were holding a comfortable 1-0 lead, but things went pear-shaped following Daniel Ayala’s sending off at the hour mark.
The last meeting between the teams in December witnessed a 3-0 win for Aston Villa at the Riverside Stadium. The previous encounter at Villa Park produced a goalless stalemate. Our betting tips and predictions favour an away win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Aston Villa win at 2.25[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough are given a price of 3.30 to return to winning ways but the outcome seems unlikely based on their recent run of form. Both sides have managed four league wins since the turn of the year but Villa have peaked at the right time with three of those resulting in the past three games. Villa’s home advantage should help them get the better of Middlesbrough, who have struggled to score multiple goals per game despite their high position in the standings. Our preview is to go with a Villa win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Aston Villa win at 2.25[/bet_tip_now]
Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough draw odds: 3.25
Middlesbrough win odds: 3.30
Correct Score odds
Villa have been impressive with their scoring form at home and they have netted 11 goals in the past five matches. However, the same has not been the case with Middlesbrough on their travels with just four goals, while failing to score in three occasions. Despite this, both sides should score due to Villa’s inability to keep shutouts. Our correct score prediction is to go for a Villa 2-1 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Aston Villa 2-1 win at 9.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Villa have generally produced high-scoring games at Villa Park and just one league game since early November has witnessed less than two goals. We are anticipating another open contest this weekend, as Villa’s scoring has often coincided with them conceding goals as well. Our total goals prediction is to go for more than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 2.05[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Tammy Abraham’s scoring form has recently dropped off after just one goal in the past six appearances. Still, he remains the main attacking threat with 21 goals, which have come with a shot accuracy of 70%, so far. Abraham was in the scoresheet in the reverse fixture at Middlesbrough. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Abraham.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Tammy Abraham at 5.00[/bet_tip_now]
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