Middlesbrough can enhance their prospects of a top-six finish when they entertain Queens Park Rangers at the Riverside Stadium this weekend. Tony Pulis’ side returned to winning ways in the previous gameweek and this sees them just inside of the playoff positions. QPR, however, have been in a free fall with six straight defeats and they are within 10 points off the dreaded drop. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football betsand betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough bagged their first triumph in three league games after they secured a slender 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on the road last weekend. Britt Assombalonga bagged the winning strike in the 19th minute.
QPR, however, continued their winless start to the year with a sixth successive defeat. The west London side suffered a 3-2 loss at the hands of West Bromwich Albion with Jake Livermore netting a dramatic 94th-minute winner.
Middlesbrough previously faced Rangers at Loftus Road in December whether the latter won by a 2-1 scoreline. Their last home meeting against the same opposition ended in a 3-2 win. 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 1.72[/bet_tip_now]
QPR are presently in a run of six straight defeats in the Championship and this has largely come about from a leaky backline. They may not face a similar threat from a Middlesbrough side, who are relative low-scorers but the hosts should come up triumphs with their strong defensive record. Our preview is to go with 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 Queens Park Rangers draw odds: 3.50
Queens Park Rangers win odds: 5.50
Correct Score odds
Rangers have been the better scoring side in the past five matches where they have netted eight goals, two more than what Middlesbrough have accumulated. Still, we are anticipating a one-sided encounter in the hosts’ favour, as Boro have conceded less than 50% of QPR’s goals this term while Steve McClaren’s side are in a dreaded six-match losing run which ought to seep their confidence. Our correct score would back a Middlesbrough 1-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Middlesbrough 1-0 win at 5.75[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Middlesbrough have barely produced more than two goals in their stadium and the same has happened in just two of their 15 matches. In this case, another low-scorer should be on the cards with Boro possessing the credentials to restrict Rangers from finding the scoresheet. 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 1.60[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Britt Assombalonga has shown glimpses of returning to form and he opened the scoring in the win over Blackburn Rovers last weekend. The ex-Nottingham Forest man also possesses a good record against Rangers with two goals in five previous meetings. 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 5.00[/bet_tip_now]
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