Middlesbrough will be aiming to enhance their playoff hopes when they host Preston North End in the midweek league clash at the Riverside Stadium. Tony Pulis’ side have begun March with successive winless games but they are still placed in the playoff zone with a four-point advantage over seventh-placed Bristol City. Preston, meanwhile, have been in an upward trend in terms of league form since the turn of the year, and a 10-match unbeaten streak sees them within four points off breaking into the top six. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough went winless for the second game on the bounce last weekend after a 2-1 defeat to Brentford in their home patch. Said Benrahma scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 73rd minute.
Preston, on the other hand, bagged a slender 1-0 triumph over Blackburn Rovers on the road. The victory ensured that Preston continued their excellent away form with a fifth straight victory.
Deepdale was the destination for the previous meeting between the sides which ended in a 1-1 draw in November. The last encounter at the Riverside Stadium finished in a goalless stalemate. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a share of the spoils.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.20[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough have continued to remain stable in the playoff positions for most of the season and their struggles in the scoring department have tended to hamper them. This should offer Preston a route into the game with their impressive away run, though Boro’s backline should restrict them from bagging maximum points. Our preview favours a score draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.20[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough win odds: 2.05
Preston North End win odds: 4.00
Correct Score odds
Preston have been the superior side in terms of the scoring this term and they have netted twice the number of goals (four) as Middlesbrough in the past five games alone. Still, we are only anticipating a draw between the sides, considering the better defensive record from the hosts while the recent history of the fixture has produced a similar outcome. Three of the previous five meetings have ended in stalemates and our correct score prediction is to go with a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Middlesbrough’s strong defensive prowess has generally kept the scores down this term. Nearly 85% of their home matches have produced less than three goals. The same outcome has been witnessed in Preston’s past four league trips to the Riverside Stadium. Our total goals prediction is to go with 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 1.55[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Ashley Fletcher has recently been the pick of the scorers for Middlesbrough and he has netted two of their previous three goals including the opening strike in the recent defeat to Brentford. The 23-year-old has started the past four games for the club with an impressive six shots on target. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Fletcher.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Ashley Fletcher at 7.50[/bet_tip_now]
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