Middlesbrough are at the Riverside Stadium for Saturday’s early kick-off against Derby County. The hosts have experienced a mixed run of form over the past month but they are nevertheless separated from league leaders Leeds United on only goal difference. Derby, meanwhile, have picked up back-to-back wins against teams ahead of them and they are in the playoff mix with a two-point gap to the top. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough went unbeaten for the second game on the trot as they played out a frustrating goalless draw against struggling Rotherham United. Boro have won just two of their previous six league matches.
Derby continued their good run of form by securing a second straight league win. The Rams bagged a comfortable 4-1 win at West Brom in midweek with Jack Marriott on the scoresheet for the third successive game.
Middlesbrough’s previous meeting against Derby was at Pride Park in April where they bagged a 2-1 win. The last encounter in their home pitch saw Derby seal a comfortable 3-0 victory. Our betting tips and predictions fancy a Middlesbrough win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Middlesbrough win at 2.10[/bet_tip_now]
Derby are priced at 4.00 for an away win but we are not backing this outcome despite their recent upheaval in terms of league form. Frank Lampard’s side have excelled in their last two games against Sheffield United and West Brom, but they are up against a Boro side who pose the league’s best defensive record by a fair margin. Derby will undoubtedly be positive due to their recent momentum but Boro will be keen to make amends after a goalless draw in midweek. Our preview is to go for a Middlesbrough win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Middlesbrough win at 2.10[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough vs Derby County draw odds: 3.25
Derby County win odds: 4.00
Correct Score odds
Middlesbrough have dominated the fixture at the Riverside Stadium and they have picked up wins in eight of the previous 10 league meetings. We are fancying them to grab another home win over the visitors, though Derby should have a say on the scoresheet with the form of their frontmen. Our correct score prediction would go for a Middlesbrough 2-1 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Middlesbrough 2-1 win at 9.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Middlesbrough have kept six clean sheets in their home turf and there have been less than three goals in every game at the Riverside Stadium barring one. However, their defensive line could be tested against Derby, who enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 triumph at West Brom in midweek. 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 2.20[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Britt Assombalonga has been Middlesbrough’s leading scorer this term with five goals coming off 14 appearances. Assombalonga has scored just twice in the previous five matches, but he can be fancied to find the net after scoring three times in five outings against Derby. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Assombalonga.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Britt Assombalonga at 5.75[/bet_tip_now]
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