Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Middlesbrough are at the Riverside Stadium for Saturday’s late kick-off against league leaders Norwich City. Tony Pulis’ side have managed just the solitary point since the beginning of March and they face a must-win situation or they could drop off from the top six. Norwich, however, have produced the perfect run in the past six matches and they are holding a five-point edge over third-placed Leeds United in the race for the automatic promotion places. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough succumbed to a third-straight league defeat before the international break after Aston Villa beat them by a comfortable 3-0 scoreline. Boro have struggled with their scoring prowess throughout the season and have netted just twice in the past four games.
Norwich, meanwhile, bagged a sixth successive win earlier in the month where they got the better of Rotherham United by a 2-1 score. Kenny McClean and Ben Godfrey scored on either side of Semi Ajayi’s strike for Rotherham.
The past meeting between the sides happened at Carrow Road in September which Norwich won 1-0. The last encounter at the Riverside Stadium witnessed a similar 1-0 score in Norwich’s favour. Our betting tips and predictions expect a Norwich win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Norwich City win at 2.50[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough are priced at 2.90 to secure maximum points but we don’t anticipate this outcome with their current run of form. The Riverside outfit have managed just a single point in the past four games and this does not make for good reading, particularly, when they are facing the league’s in-form side in Norwich. Boro will prove a tricky prospect with their defensive prowess but Norwich’s form at present should be hard to handle despite the two-week break. Our preview would back Norwich to continue their winning streak.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Norwich City win at 2.50[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough win odds: 2.90
Middlesbrough vs Norwich City draw odds: 3.25
Correct Score odds
Middlesbrough continue to possess the best defence in the division but their lack of success in the opposite end has begun costing them in terms of valuable points. Pulis’ side have netted just twice in the past four matches and that statistic should pose a worry against a free-flowing Norwich side, who have bagged nine goals in the same period. Middlesbrough have suffered 2-1 losses in the past two home matches and our correct score prediction favours the same outcome.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Norwich City 2-1 win at 9.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Middlesbrough have conceded more regularly of late and there have been three goals in each of the previous two home matches. Norwich’s recent away trips against Rotherham and Millwall have been high scoring with 2-1 and 3-1 scores respectively. Our total goals prediction would back 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 2.00[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Teemu Pukki has been the standout performer for Norwich this term and he is currently leading the league’s scoring charts with 24 goals. The Finland international has failed to score in the past three games, but he has nonetheless been influential with a couple of assists. Pukki’s only meeting against Boro came earlier in the season where he netted in a 1-0 win. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Pukki.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Teemu Pukki at 4.75[/bet_tip_now]
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