Middlesbrough will be pushing for the top-two positions when they entertain Wigan Athletic at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. Boro’s league campaign has stuttered with three successive draws and they have dropped a couple of points adrift of the automatic promotion spots. Wigan, meanwhile, seem to be on a downslide with three straight defeats in the same period and they may need to look below themselves with just five points separating them from the drop zone. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough went undefeated for the fourth-straight game after playing out a goalless stalemate against Stoke City. The result saw them secure just one point for the third match day on the bounce.
Wigan failed to pick up a point for the third successive encounter after being beaten 2-1 by Leeds United. The visitors have claimed just one victory from the previous seven matches.
Middlesbrough’s recent meeting against Wigan was in the Championship three years ago where they picked up a 1-0 win on their home patch. Patrick Bamford netted the winner in the 20th minute. 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 1.66[/bet_tip_now]
Wigan are priced at 5.50 for the victory but we are not backing this outcome with their current winless run on the road. Paul Cook’s side have largely depended on their home form for success. They have managed just one win and three points from their eight away trips this term. Moreover, Wigan are presently on a six-match losing streak on their travels and this should provide a significant advantage for Boro as they seek to end a three-match winless run. Our preview fancies Middlesbrough to end their sequence of draws.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Middlesbrough win at 1.66[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough vs Wigan Athletic draw odds: 3.75
Wigan Athletic win odds: 5.50
Correct Score odds
Middlesbrough have not been exuberant with their goalscoring at the Riverside Stadium but six clean sheets from their opening eight matches has helped them accumulate nearly two points a game. Wigan have struggled on their travels with just the single shutout. Boro are winless in four home games but they should still get the better of Wigan, who have conceded at least twice in their last three away matches. Our correct score prediction is to go for a Middlesbrough 2-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”] Middlesbrough 2-0 win at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Middlesbrough possess the best defensive record in the division with just eight goals conceded. Boro’s last seven matches at the Riverside Stadium have witnessed a maximum of two goals and the outcome was similar when the sides met three years ago. 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 1.70[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Britt Assombalonga has been Boro’s leading scorer this term with five goals from 15 Championship matches. The Englishman has netted just once over the past month but he has found the scoresheet twice in his previous four league meetings against Wigan. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Assombalonga.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Britt Assombalonga at 4.33[/bet_tip_now]
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