Middlesbrough are up against Sheffield United at the Riverside Stadium for the first home match of the 2017-18 campaign. Tony Pulis aims to take his Boro outfit into the Premier League when Sheffield United look to shake off a poor start to the campaign. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough were able to produce a remarkable comeback to secure a 2-2 draw against Millwall, but Pulis will be least pleased with his team’s defensive lapses in the first half.
Sheffield United were also involved in a late comeback but it went against the Blades as they lost 2-1 against Swansea City. The Blades are on the road for the next two league outings.
The recent match between United and Middlesbrough finished as a 2-1 victory for the Blades. United’s last away game against Middlesbrough saw them lose 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium. Our betting tips and predictions expect a win for Middlesbrough.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Middlesbrough win at 2.20[/bet_tip_now]
Sheffield United are at a price of 3.60 for a victory. However, Middlesbrough will be delighted to get back to the Riverside Stadium, a place where the team created one of the best home records last season with 14 wins and three draws in 23 games. The collapse of United in a home game may have largely to do with the late push from Swansea through Jefferson Montero, but Boro are expected to offer a different kind of threat. The physical approach from Middlesbrough along with the home advantage makes our preview go with a home win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Middlesbrough win at 2.20[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough vs Sheffield United draw odds: 3.40
Sheffield United win odds: 3.60
Correct Score odds
Boro will continue to place a lot of emphasis on set pieces when they head into this match. The club had an excellent defensive record at Riverside Stadium last season after conceding only 17 goals. Chris Wilder’s team had just two shots on target in the loss against Swansea and they could struggle against Boro’s back line. Our correct score prediction would go with 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
Boro’s defensive record last season may give a lot of confidence to expect a low scoring match, but the opening game for both clubs in the 2018-19 campaign has been quite entertaining with numerous goals. Blades are unlikely to be in pole position for a victory in the game, but they are good enough to contribute at least once. Our total goals prediction would back over 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 was unable to score in the opener against Millwall, and he enters into the match without a goal in his two games against United in the past. Despite this record, the striker will be keen to come up with his opening goal of the campaign. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Assombalonga.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Assombalonga at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
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