Millwall open their Championship 2018-19 season with a match against Middlesbrough at the Den. After narrowly missing out on the play-offs last season, Millwall will be hoping to finish in the top six. Middlesbrough once again missed out on promotion after failing to get past Aston Villa in the play-off semi-finals. Tony Pulis now prepares for his first full season with Middlesbrough. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Millwall were the surprise package of the 2017-18 season after managing to finish as high as eighth. The club returned to the Championship only last season after a two-year absence.
Middlesbrough were unable to build on the presence of Pulis, who was appointed midway through last season, as the club narrowly missed out on promotion back to the Premier League.
Middlesbrough recent match against Millwall finished as a 2-0 win at the Riverside stadium. Millwall were able to pick up a 2-1 win in the last meeting at the Den. Our betting tips and predictions expect a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.25[/bet_tip_now]
Millwall are at odds of 2.70 while Middlesbrough are at a slightly lower 2.60 for a victory. Yet, both these options do not give a lot of confidence. Millwall had one of the best home records last season and it was a crucial factor behind the club’s impressive season. Yet, the second season is likely to throw up plenty of difficulties and Middlesbrough have lost only once on the road since March. A draw is a more appropriate outcome to expect from this match.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.25[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough win odds: 2.60
Millwall win odds: 2.70
Correct Score odds
Middlesbrough decided to sell Patrick Bamford, who came in with 11 goals in 39 in regular matches last season, and this weakens Tony Pulis’ attacking strength to a certain extent. Middlesbrough averaged just over a goal per game on the road last season while Millwall did not fare much better at home. A 1-1 draw is our correct score prediction for the match.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The game is likely to be a tight contest with Millwall keen to extend their strong defensive line at home, while Middlesbrough will not be thinking about losing the opening game of the campaign. The recent three Championship openers for Boro have all experienced less than 2.5 goals, which will be our total goals prediction for this match.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.65[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Britt Assombalonga ended his wait for a goal against Millwall by scoring the opener when these two teams met each other back in April. This was Assombalonga’s first goal against Millwall in four games. In the absence of Bamford, Assombalonga takes even greater importance in the Boro squad and our first goalscorer prediction is to back the 25-year-old.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Britt Assombalonga at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
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