Middlesbrough have the opportunity to close the gap on the top-two positions when they entertain struggling Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside Stadium on Boxing Day. Tony Pulis’ side picked up their first win in nearly a month last weekend and have a four-point advantage over Nottingham Forest, who are just outside the playoff positions. Wednesday ended their winless run in the recent league clash but they are still lying in mid-table closer to the drop zone than to the top six. Follow all our predictions, odds, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough secured their first triumph in six matches across all competitions after they beat Reading by a slender 1-0 margin on the road. George Friend netted a 77th-minute winner for Boro, who were not entirely convincing with their performance.
Wednesday similarly returned to winning ways after three games after they picked up an identical 1-0 triumph over Preston North End in their stadium. Michael Hector netted the sole goal after the hour mark against a Preston side, who played with 10 men for the majority of the match.
The last encounter between the sides was earlier in the season where Middlesbrough secured a 2-1 win at the Hillsborough Stadium. The previous meeting at the Riverside Stadium ended in a goalless stalemate. Our betting tips and predictions expect a home win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Middlesbrough win at 1.50[/bet_tip_now]
Wednesday are priced at 6.50 for an away triumph but we do not fancy this outcome against a Middlesbrough side, which possess the best defence in the division. The visitors had recently gone through a rough patch where their credentials were questioned but they managed to come up with a 1-0 triumph at Reading which should provide them with a much-needed boost. Our preview fancies Middlesbrough to return to winning ways in their stadium.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Middlesbrough win at 1.50[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough vs Sheffield Wednesday draw odds: 4.33
Sheffield Wednesday win odds: 6.50
Correct Score odds
Middlesbrough have struggled to score at regular intervals through the season and they have managed a tally of just four goals in the past five matches at the Riverside Stadium. However, Wednesday’s away run has not been better either with the same tally in the last five outings. Still, the hosts’ backline have conceded less than half of Wednesday’s goals (40) through the first half of the season. Our correct score prediction fancies a Middlesbrough 1-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Middlesbrough 1-0 win at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Middlesbrough currently possess the league’s best backline and this has generally led to low-scoring encounters. Around 80% of their home games have produced a maximum of two goals and the outcome was similar when Wednesday previously made the trip to Riverside. 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 1.80[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Middlesbrough have struggled to find a consistent goalscorer but they have still got the proceedings going with equal contributions. Nonetheless, we are anticipating Britt Assombalonga found the net in the 2-1 triumph over Wednesday earlier in the season. 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 4.10[/bet_tip_now]
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