Middlesbrough are at the Riverside Stadium for Saturday’s late kick-off against Aston Villa. The hosts have remained unbeaten since mid-October and the run sees them within one point off the automatic promotion spots. Meanwhile, Villa have made a mini-revival over the past month with a similar undefeated streak and they are currently three points off the playoff positions. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough went unbeaten for the seventh game on the bounce after they played out a 1-1 draw against Preston North End on the road. Alan Browne opened the scoring for Preston but Boro levelled the proceedings with Marcus Tavernier following the break.
Villa played out one of the most fascinating games of the campaign after their high-scoring 5-5 draw against 10-man Nottingham Forest. Tammy Abraham came into his own during the game with a sublime quadruple.
Middlesbrough’s recent meeting against Villa was at Villa Park earlier in the year and it finished in a goalless stalemate. The previous encounter at the Riverside saw Villa secure a 1-0 triumph. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a home win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Middlesbrough win at 2.15[/bet_tip_now]
Villa are at 3.40 to pick up an away win but they face a tough ask of achieving this feat against a team, which has conceded just one goal in nearly every other game. Moreover, Tony Pulis’ side have only allowed three goals in their nine home matches this term and they can frustrate the Villa team despite the visitors’ impressive run in November. Our preview expects a Middlesbrough win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Middlesbrough win at 2.15[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa draw odds: 3.10
Aston Villa win odds: 3.40
Correct Score odds
Middlesbrough have netted 22 goals from the first 19 matches and this is only two-thirds of Villa’s tally for the season. Still, they have excelled with the defensive shape with just 30% of Villa’s goals (30) conceded and this has kept them aloft at the top. The previous four meetings have witnessed a maximum of just one goal scored and this trend may continue this weekend with Boro seeking to end a decade-long wait to beat Villa in any competition. Our correct score prediction anticipates a Middlesbrough 1-0 win
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Middlesbrough 1-0 win at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Middlesbrough’s strong defensive record has contributed to several low-scoring encounters and they have kept shutouts in more than half of their matches. This has quite been the trend in encounters with Villa with the previous five meetings producing a maximum of two goals. Our total goals prediction would back less than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.66[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Jordan Hugill was the pick of the players for Middlesbrough in November netting three goals from four appearances. Among those, he opened the scoring in two of those matches including the recent away triumph at Brentford. Our first goalscorer prediction fancies Hugill to continue his good run of form.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Jordan Hugill at 5.50[/bet_tip_now]
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