Middlesbrough will be looking to return to winning ways when they entertain Ipswich Town at the Riverside Stadium this weekend. The hosts have gone through a tough phase with just one win through the month of December and it has dropped them to fifth in the standings. Ipswich, though, have been in the relegation zone since the start of the campaign and their recent league defeat sees them seven points adrift of safety. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough suffered their third loss in five matches on Boxing Day after Sheffield Wednesday secured a 1-0 triumph at the Riverside Stadium. Adam Reach bagged the winner in the 20th minute for the visitors.
Ipswich were on the losing side in midweek after a 3-0 hammering at Queens Park Rangers. The defeat was the club’s third-straight game on their travels without finding the scoresheet.
Middlesbrough’s recent meeting against Ipswich was at the Portman Road earlier in the season where they picked up a 2-0 win. The last encounter at the Riverside Stadium produced the same outcome in Middlesbrough’s favour. Our betting tips and predictions expect a Middlesbrough win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Middlesbrough win at 1.47[/bet_tip_now]
Ipswich are given odds of 8.00 for the win but we don’t see them producing this outcome. Ipswich have recently shown some form with four points from the previous three matches but none of those have resulted on the road. Moreover, Ipswich have succumbed to three-straight defeats on their travels without scoring and it should play right into the hands of Middlesbrough despite their own struggles of late. Our preview predicts Middlesbrough to return to winning ways.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Middlesbrough win at 1.47[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Town draw odds: 4.00
Ipswich Town win odds: 8.00
Correct Score odds
Middlesbrough have struggled in the scoring department for much of the season and it has hampered them greatly with just one goal from the past three home games. Still, Ipswich have drawn a blank in each of their previous three away trips. The hosts are unbeaten in six successive meetings against Ipswich. Our correct score prediction fancies a slender 1-0 win for them.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Middlesbrough 1-0 win at 5.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Middlesbrough have generally kept things tight at the back this season and their home form has been replicative of the same with just two of the 12 matches witnessing more than two goals. Hence, another low-scoring encounter can be anticipated with Ipswich Town failing to score in each of the previous three away games. Our total goals prediction is to go for 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
Middlesbrough have struggled to find a consistent marksman within their ranks and they are in the playoff positions without any player reaching double figures in terms of scoring. Still, Britt Assombalonga has regularly led the line for Boro and he leads their scoring charts with six. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Assombalonga.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Britt Assombalonga at 4.75[/bet_tip_now]
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