Middlesbrough go in search of a second consecutive league win when they host Birmingham at Riverside Stadium this weekend. Birmingham started the campaign as one of the potential candidates to go down, but manager Garry Monk is still battling hard at St Andrew’s Stadium. Meanwhile, Middlesbrough are hoping to go the distance and reach the Premier League under the stewardship of Tony Pulis. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Boro were able to get the first win of the campaign underway after beating Sheffield United 3-0 at home. Thus, Middlesbrough were able to overcome the opening day draw with Millwall at the Den.
Birmingham City were involved in a rollercoaster 2-2 stalemate with Norwich City at St Andrew’s. The blues are on the road in four out of the next five games in all competitions.
The recent game between Birmingham and Boro finished as a 1-0 win for the latter at St Andrew’s. Middlesbrough were also able to claim a 2-0 win in the last meeting at the Riverside. Our betting tips and predictions expect a win for Tony Pulis’ men.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Middlesbrough win at 1.72[/bet_tip_now]
Birmingham City are at a price of 6.00 for a victory in this match. Even though this is quite an incredible price, we would not choose this option. Middlesbrough are coming on the back of an impressive victory over Sheffield United and this victory once again reiterated Boro’s superiority when it comes to home games. Birmingham are on the verge of losing three consecutive matches against Middlesbrough and it is difficult to back Garry Monk’s team when they are limited by financial constraints. Our preview would opt for a Middlesbrough win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Middlesbrough win at 1.72[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough vs Birmingham City draw odds: 3.60
Birmingham City win odds: 6.00
Correct Score odds
Birmingham came up with two goals in their opener against Norwich but it will be rather difficult to score against Middlesbrough – especially at the Riverside Stadium. Tony Pulis is known for his defensive-minded setups, but Boro have surprised by turning up with a five-goal tally in the opening two rounds of the season. Our correct score prediction would opt for a Middlesbrough 2-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Middlesbrough 2-0 win at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Middlesbrough have been able to score over 1.5 goals in both their league games so far. However, they have historically been unable to score beyond 2.5 goals in any of the last six meetings with Birmingham and just one of those games has been a high-scoring fixture. Our total goals prediction would back under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.61[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Britt Assombalonga has an excellent record against Birmingham after scoring four goals in his five games, but his form at the start of the season has been a small concern. On the other hand, Martin Braithwaite has made a blistering start by contributing the opening goal in both games for Boro. Our first goalscorer prediction would opt for Braithwaite.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Martin Braithwaite at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
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