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Burnley v Middlesbrough Betting Tip Burnley – 26 December 2016

Valdes (Middlesbrough)

Sunday 26th December 2016 Kickoff: 1500hrs
Burnley v Middesbrough
Football – England – Premier League

Christmas is never an ideal time for Premier League footballers having to play on Boxing Day but three points would be the perfect present for either Sean Dyche or Aitor Karanka. Burnley and Middlesbrough were both promoted from the Championship last season and find themselves – as was to be expected – in the bottom half of the table looking over their shoulders. It’s Boro who are best placed of the two coming into this one with a slight one point advantage, but that could well change come full time on Sunday after they clash at Turf Moor.

Burnley were the best and most consistent side in last year’s Championship and made an immediate return to the top flight having suffered relegation in 2014/15. Being a well run club, the Clarets are never going to jeopardise their financial wellbeing by flinging millions at the playing squad but that makes it that bit more difficult for Dyche to find the talent required that would keep them in the division. That said, it has been a more than decent first half of the campaign as they sit in 16th with 17 points. All but one of those points have come at Turf Moor, though, and if that imbalance is going to continue then it places so much importance and pressure on the team continuing to regularly win at home. A defeat to Swansea on the opening day of the season is easily their most disappointing home result, with Manchester City and Arsenal surviving big scares to be the only other two teams to have taken three points home with them.

Middlesbrough recorded a much needed couple of wins in December and will be desperate to add to the victories gained over Hull and Swansea by beating yet another team who sit below them in the table. Winning games at home to the teams around you is crucial for any team wishing to survive in the Premier League and having only won two games before the win over Hull earlier this month, you would have feared for Karanka and his men having the talent to succeed. As it is now, they will be that bit more confident taking on a Burnley side who they finished directly below last season. ‘Boro’s only win on the road this season came at against the champions, believe it or not, although we know that Leicester are not the force they were last season. Nevertheless, that result proves they are capable but it’s anow about finding the consistency to go with it.

Burnley v Middlesbrough Betting Tips

It would be lazy and hyperbolic to call this game a relegation six pointer so early in the season, not least because neither of the two teams are actually in the relegation zone at the time of writing. However, the importance of taking three points at home for the hosts is rather obvious considering their terrible record on the road whilst ‘Boro will be looking to maintain the one point margin they have over their opponents at the very least, reducing the risk of being dragged further into trouble approaching the New Year.

I don’t think there will be much between these two teams throughout the season and would not put it past both Burnley and Middlesbrough staying up. In terms of who needs the win most on Sunday, I would edge towards the hosts as they are severely lacking on their travels so need to maximise the opportunities they have when playing in front of their own fans. Recent home wins over Bournemouth and Crystal Palace have been entertaining, both ending 3-2, but they also demonstrate the aggressive approach Burnley adopt at home. That type of performance will be required once again and I think it will be enough to see them over the line in this one.

Burnley 21/10 @ 888Sport

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Middlesbrough v Swansea Betting Tip Middlesbrough – 17 December 2016

Premier League Tips

Saturday 16th December 2016 Kickoff: 1500hrs

Middlesbrough v Swansea City                                                                                       

Football – England – Premier League

Whilst much of the attention is fixated at the top of the Premier League as Chelsea lead the way, there are plenty of teams who are looking over their shoulders as Christmas approaches. Two of those teams meet at the Riverside on Saturday as Middlesbrough and Swansea will do battle in an attempt to move themselves further away from the foot of the table. One position and three points separate the two clubs which give an indication of how important Saturday’s match is for both teams.

It was never going to be easy for ‘Boro after earning promotion last year considering how much the Premier League has changed since they were last in the top flight. Add to that it is the first time that Aitor Karanka has managed at this level then their main aim was simply to survive this season. So far it has been a struggle for the most part with the Teesiders managing only three wins from their opening 16 games. Two of this victories have come at home and it’s only to be expected that a club in their position will pick up most of their points in the Riverside. An obvious area of improvement for them between now and the rest of the season is to score more goals as a team. They are the lowest scorers in the division and have managed only six goals at home thus far. Much was expected of summer signing Alvaro Negredo but as yet, he’s failed to fire on a consistent basis managing only three goals.

Swansea picked up only their second win of the season since opening day last weekend with the 3-0 victory over Sunderland. Many hoped, including manager Bob Bradley, that it would be the basis for the team to go on a run and move themselves up the table. Unfortunately, that never materialized and the Swans were on the end of another heavy defeat this time at the Hawthorns against West Brom. It was their seventh straight away game without a win in the league, losing six of them. In that run of games they have conceded 18 goals which will be a major concern and something that needs to change if they are to survive. What is noticeable is that they can often keep things tight to begin with but when they lost the first goal the heads seem to go down and chasing games does not suit their style of play as it removes the protection for a weak defence.

Middlesbrough v Swansea City Betting Tips

Neither of these teams are in great form heading into this one so it’s likely that there will be a certain edge to the early proceedings. Even though the visitors trail their weekend opponents by three points, considering the run they are on away from home then a point would probably be seen as decent results. ‘Boro, on the other hand, will be targeting this as a must win being a home game against a team below them in the league.

Although wins have been hard to come by for Middesbrough at home, the two wins they have managed have been against teams who they would feel they had a realistic chance against in Bournemouth and Hull City. I think Swansea are certainly another of those teams and they can take advantage of what is obviously an opponent who are fragile and low on confidence.

Middlesbrough 23/20 @ Betfred

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Middlesbrough v Hull Betting Tips: X – 2016-12-05

Premier League Tips

MIDDLESBROUGH v HULL CITY

Monday 5th December 2016 – Kickoff: 2000hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

The Riverside Stadium is the venue of my next pick as Monday night sees a bottom half clash in the Premier League between home side Middlesbrough and visitors Hull City with a precious three points up for grabs for both teams.

Middlesbrough have managed to win just one Premier League game on home turf so far this season which was a 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the end of October, but too many stalemates have prevented Boro from moving away from the bottom end of the English top flight as they’ve been involved in 6 stalemates so far in this campaign out of a total of 13 matches.

Boro’s home record reflects the problems they’ve had in keeping their heads above water in their return to the big time with a record of  1-1-4  5/7 with manager Karanka looking at damage control and sneaking a point here and there to keep his team on the right side of the bottom three.

Visitors Hull City sit second from bottom in the Premier League heading into tonight’s early relegation clash with Middlesbrough, but The Tigers are just one point behind their north-east rivals as they sneaked a point against West Brom in a 1-1 draw last time out.

Hull have also managed just one win on their travels so far in this campaign which came earlier in the season with a 2-0 win at Swansea City, but they’ve since slumped to five away matches without a win as they’ve taken just one additional point thanks to a 1-1 draw at Burnley.

Defeats at Liverpool, Bournemouth, Watford and Sunderland may well see Hull set themselves up for a point here this evening in a game they can’t afford to lose.

Pick: Draw @ 3.60 bet365

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Manchester City v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: 1 HT/FT, 2016-11-05

Premier League Tips

MANCHESTER CITY v MIDDLESBROUGH

Saturday 5th November 2016 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

In midfielder Kevin de Bruyn’s words during the week following Manchester City’s 3-1 home win over Barcelona in the Champions League, “City have shown their true colours” and whilst this may be true, they still need to do a professional job back in the Premier League this afternoon when they face Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium.

That said, last weekend Manchester City destroyed West Brom in a convincing 4-0 win at The Hawthorns, and they now hold home advantage against a Middlesbrough outfit who have won just once on the road so far this season. City also possess a strong home record which currently stands at  3-2-0  11/4 and they have a rich supply in attacking talent which has led to goals so far.

The likes of Aguero, Iheanacho and Nolito up front along with midfielders De Bruyne, Gundogan and Silva should simply be too much for Middlesbrough here. Incidentally, City are undefeated in their last eight on home turf.

Visitors Middlesbrough sit in the bottom half of the division although they did manage to register all three points in last weekend’s 2-0 home win over Bournemouth, but they face a very difficult trip up to Manchester here as they look to contain a cock-a-hoop City side fresh from beating Barcelona.

Prior to their recent win against Bournemouth, Middlesbrough had gone seven league matches in the Premier League without a win while their away form suggests they will probably look to contain City and put all eleven players behind the ball.

Boro’s away record stands at a fairly solid looking  1-3-1  4/5 but they’ve taken just one point off teams in the top half of the league which was a 0-0 draw at Arsenal last time out on their travels.

Pick: Manchester City HT/FT @ 1.73 Coral

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Arsenal v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: 1 HT, 2016-10-22

Premier League Tips

ARSENAL v MIDDLESBROUGH

Saturday 22nd October 2016 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

Arsenal scored an emphatic 6-0 win during the week over Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets in the Champions League and they now return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when they play host to new-boys Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium.

In the Premier League, Arsenal have won their last six matches on the trot scoring a total of 16 goals during this winning sequence as goals have never been very far away where The Gunners are concerned. Forwards Walcott and Sanchez have been in goalscoring form so far this season, and they both notched in the recent mid-week Champions League win.

At home, Arsenal possess a solid looking home record of  3-0-1 11/7, having recovered from an opening day defeat at home to Liverpool, the side from the capital have since registered three wins on the trot with victories gained against Southampton, Chelsea and Swansea City.

Visitors Middlesbrough have struggled so far this season to make the step up in division as they sit fourth from bottom in the Premier League with just one win under their belts so far in their new campaign in the English top flight.

Four defeats from their last five matches have seen Boro drop down the league table close to the relegation zone following defeats to Crystal Palace, Everton, Tottenham and Watford with the latter being a defeat at their Riverside Stadium.

Away from home, Middlesbrough possess a record of  1-2-1 4/5 which isn’t too bad upon first glance but three of these four matches have been against bottom half opposition while their one game at a top half side ended in a 3-1 loss at Everton.

Pick: Arsenal HT @ 1.73 Coral

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Everton v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: 1, 2016-09-17

Premier League Tips

EVERTON v MIDDLESBROUGH

Saturday 17th September 2016 – Kickoff: 1730hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

There may have been a change of manager at Goodison Park, but Everton have started their new Premier League campaign in positive fashion as they sit in third position in the English top flight after being unbeaten in their first four matches of the season.

On Saturday afternoon they entertain Middlesbrough at home and having beaten Sunderland 3-0 at the Stadium of Light on Monday night together with previous wins over West Brom and Stoke City, The Toffees head into this encounter on a three-match winning streak.

In their opening match of the season, Everton earned a good point against Tottenham in a 1-1 draw, and if striker Lukaku can find the back of the net on a consistent basis, then Everton could be in the frame for a european spot this season.

Visitors Middlesbrough returned to the top flight after a seven year hiatus following promotion from the Championship at the end of last season, and they’ve started in reasonable form having beaten their north-east rivals Sunderland away from home which would have delighted the Boro fans.

However, as with any team promoted up to the English top flight, Middlesbrough will need to make their home games count this term, and a recent 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the Riverside won’t have done their confidence any favours as they prepare for the tricky trip to Everton this Saturday.

A win at Sunderland and a point at West Brom means that Boro have taken four points from the first possible six on offer on their travels which is a great start for the newcomers, but the real test begins this afternoon against an in-form Everton outfit.

Pick: Everton to win @ 1.70 William Hill

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Middlesbrough v Reading Betting Tips: 1, 2016-04-12

Championship Tips

MIDDLESBROUGH v READING

Tuesday 12th April 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Middlesbrough have a chance of wresting back top position of the Championship if they manage to take all three points against Reading at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night. The hosts have won their last four Championship matches on the trot with wins over Hull City, QPR, Huddersfield Town and Preston North End as they ramp up their quest for Premier League football once again.

Boro will also be keen to put some daylight between themselves and third placed Brighton who maintained the pressure on the top two clubs following their Monday night 2-1 win away at Nottingham Forest, but with Boro’s strong home record of  15-3-2  31/6 behind them, tonight’s hosts could jump ahead here.

Boro have won their last five on home turf scoring 10 goals in the process and conceding just 2 in reply, and indeed their defensive work at home has been outstanding as they’ve racked up a staggering 14 clean sheets!

Visitors Reading have had to endure another ordinary and disappointing season as they’ve failed to make any sort of impact upon the top half of the Championship, let alone make a serious challenge for a play-off spot as they wallow in 14th place.

Inconsistency away from home has cost The Royals a possible tilt at the play-offs despite a fairly solid record at the Madejski Stadium, with their away record standing at a disappointing  5-3-11  22/30 and just two away wins from their last 14 trips.

Just two clean sheets on their travels tells its own story, and coming up against a tight defensive Middlesbrough unit tonight should see The Royals come away from Teesside empty-handed.

Pick: Middlesbrough to win @ 1.62 bet365

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Middlesbrough v Huddersfield Betting Tips: 1, 2016-04-05

Championship Tips

MIDDLESBROUGH v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Tuesday 5th April 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Middlesbrough will go in search of a third consecutive win in the Championship on Tuesday night when they entertain bottom half club Huddersfield Town at the Riverside Stadium.

Recent impressive wins over Hull City (1-0 at home) and QPR (3-2 away) have helped lift Boro up into second place three points behind Championship leaders Burnley, but they remain just one point above Brighton heading into tonight’s fixtures.

Middlesbrough will therefore be desperate to consolidate their automatic promotion spot tonight by taking all three points, and with an overall home record of  13-3-2  27/6 and the best defensive record at home in the division, Boro look well set to do just that.

Visitors Huddersfield Town occupy 18th place in the English second tier following their 1-0 defeat at home to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on the weekend. They now need to dust themselves off as they prepare for the tough trip to Middlesbrough on the back of a disappointing away record so far this season.

Stats of  5-5-9  23/29 has prevented Huddersfield Town from lifting themselves out of the bottom half all season, and despite recent wins at Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, The Terriers have struggled at the top half teams as their record of  2-1-8  10/19 shows.

With just four clean sheets to their name on their travels, I fancy huddersfield will struggle against the better organised Middlesbrough outfit tonight who will be pulling out all the stops to maintain their automatic promotion spot.

Pick: Middlesbrough to win @ 1.73 William Hill

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Middlesbrough v Hull Betting Tips: Draw, 2016-03-18

Championship Tips

MIDDLESBROUGH v HULL CITY

Friday 18th March 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Friday night brings us more Championship action, and tonight’s match is an intriguing contest between third and fourth place in the division as hosts Middlesbrough take on Hull City at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough have had some internal issues to deal with recently as manager Karanka appears to have fallen out with some of his squad and wasn’t present for Boro’s 2-0 loss away at Charlton Athletic on the weekend. However, he’s now been ‘re-installed’ as boss and should be on the touchline for tonight’s crucial promotion clash with Hull.

Boro have lost three of their last four overall with defeats to Blackburn Rovers, Rotherham United and Charlton Athletic although all three of these defeats were handed out to them on the road. At the Riverside, Middlesbrough hold a very steady  12-3-2  26/6 record on home turf with just one defeat from their last 15.

Visitors Hull City were once again held to a stalemate at their KC Stadium, this time by Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night in a 1-1 draw as The Tigers have now drawn their last three on the trot on home turf having been held to earlier draws by Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons.

Hull’s away form has been pretty inconsistent throughout this campaign as their record of  8-3-7  18/14 shows, and whilst they’ve registered recent wins away at Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town, they’ve also suffered defeats at Burnley and Birmingham City.

So, with both teams looking a little off-colour heading into this encounter, i reckon they would both be content not to lose this important clash.

Pick: Draw @ 3.20 Paddy Power

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Middlesbrough v Wolves Betting Tips: 1, 2016-03-04

Championship Tips

MIDDLESBROUGH v WOLVES

Friday 4th March 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Middlesbrough’s recent five-match unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday night when they were dealt a 2-1 defeat away at Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, but they have another chance to bounce back quickly on Friday night when they host Wolves at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro had previously recorded back-to-back wins over Cardiff City and Fulham, but the defeat to Blackburn should see them focus more keenly on this encounter with all three points lifting them on top of the Championship if they win this evening.

The motivation is certainly there for the hosts who have been pretty steady all season on home turf with an overall record of  11-3-2  24/5 with their defence being the key stand-out with no fewer than 11 clean sheets to dare so far this season on home turf.

Visitors Wolves have once again flattered to deceive this season as the midlands outfit currently kicking around in a disappointing mid-table position following another season of inconsistency. Wolves unexpectedly ended a run of six Championship matches without a win on the weekend when they beat Derby County 2-1 at home, but they face a tough trip to Middlesbrough on Friday night.

Wolves are without a win from their last four away trips as they’ve drawn with QPR and Reading, but also suffered defeats at Huddersfield Town and Brentford, while their away record is of course an inconsistent  6-4-7  20/23.

Wolves have also failed to score in their last three away matches which could be their undoing once again at the Riverside Stadium on Friday night.

Pick: Middlesbrough to win @ 1.60 William Hill

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