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Middlesbrough v Manchester City Betting Tip – 11 March 2017

Manchester City

Saturday 11th March 2016 Kickoff: 1215hrs Middlesbrough v Manchester City Football – England – FA Cup Now we are getting to the latter stages of the FA Cup there is a mixture of cup and Premier League action over the course of the weekend. There have been longstanding arguments about whether playing league games on cup weekend dilutes the prestige of the FA Cup but that’s a debate for another day and for other more concerned people. One of the all Premier League ties of the quarter final stage sees struggling Middlesbrough host a Manchester City team who may see this as their best and most obvious chance of a trophy.

2017 has been abysmal thus far for Aitor Karanka and his Boro team as they slip ever closer to an immediate return to the Championship. Their last win in the league came way back on the 17th of December and since then it has been 10 straight without success. They have failed to score in seven of them which has further highlighted a major issue that has blighted them ever since Karanka has arrived at the club. Boro are the lowest scorers in the Premier League, scoring a measly 19 and despite being relatively good defensively, are in serious danger of going down. Currently third bottom with only four wins all season, they are now three points adrift of safety and unless they can find some form soon then you seriously fear for them. The only slight positives for them since the turn of the year is the fact they have been able to record two victories in this competition, beating Accrington Stanley and Oxford United. Unfortunately, they have not been anything like convincing in either of them and it goes without saying that this game will be a much different proposition.

City had been building up a bit of steam of late with four straight wins in the league and an impressive come from behind win over Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. That good run came to somewhat of a halt on Wednesday as they were frustratingly held by Stoke at home, the game ending goalless. It all but puts paid to their hopes of catching Chelsea at the top of the table and leaves them to concentrate on securing a top four finish, progressing in the Champions League and attempting to win this. Their route to this stage has also not been straightforward having been taken to a replay by Championship outfit Huddersfield. They did of course go on to win 5-1 at the second time of asking, and that followed two comfortable successes away to fellow Premier League teams West Ham and Crystal Palace. With the second leg against Monaco to come next midweek it is a busy time for Pep Guardiola’s men but they do have a slight advantage with this game being played early afternoon Saturday before playing in France on Wednesday.

Middlesbrough v Manchester City Betting Tip

These two met in the league at the Etihad back in November when Middlesbrough were able to register a very credible draw and deservingly so as well. It was a period in the season when City were really struggling for form whilst Boro were arguably at their most impressive stage of the campaign. Much has changed since then and the fact it is in the cup may also see the teams take a slightly difference approach.

Both managers have elected to use their squads in the FA Cup – which is basically the done thing for Premier League clubs these days – so we cannot be entirely sure how either team will line up, which makes it slightly more difficult to advise a bet but what we do know for certain is that Manchester City’s squad has far more depth and quality to it in comparison to Middlesbrough. City have shown some real good form in the cup thus far and have actually found it easier scoring goals in the FA Cup than they have in the league. There is an argument to be made that playing in this could prove a welcome distraction for the home side but considering their current position I think it’s the complete opposite. Boro cannot afford to priorities the cup if they wish to stay in the Premier League, in my opinion, and if they are to exit it this weekend as I suspect they will, I do not anticipate it being too devastating for Karanka. City have won three of their four games in this competition by three or more goals and I think that’s another realistic outcome this weekend. The main selection is backing the visitors minus a goal but I would also not put anybody off being more adventurous and also having a go at -2 and -3 goals.

Manchester City -1 6/5 @ Stan James


Tottenham v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: 1 AH-1.25, 2017-02-04

Premier League Tips


Saturday 4th February 2017 – Kickoff: 1730hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

Second placed Tottenham have put together a very promising and impressive eight-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and no doubt they’ll be keen to extend this run of form into today’s match against bottom half outfit Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane.

Following back-to-back points earned on the road against Manchester City 2-2 and Sunderland 0-0, Spurs will return to their home turf today where they’ve recorded a very solid record to date which stands at  9-2-0  25/5 in addition to also possessing the best defensive record at home in the Premier League.

Tottenham have also won their last six home matches on the trot which includes wins over current league leaders Chelsea as well as keeping seven clean sheets to date too. Striker Harry Kane and goalscoring midfielder Dele Alli are the pick of the anytime goalscorers for the hosts.

Visitors Middlesbrough have now gone six Premier League matches without recording a valuable win, and indeed, Boro have registered just one win from their last nine matches overall – that being a 3-0 win over Swansea City at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough now sit in 15th place and hold a slender two point lead over third from bottom club Crystal Palace who occupy the last relegation spot, so Boro will be nervously looking over their shoulders from hereon in.

Boro possess an away record littered with draws which stands at  1-6-4  8/12 with their one success this season on the road being a 2-1 win at north-east rivals Sunderland, but the fact that Middlesbrough have found it difficult to find the back of the net on their travels may well hold them back again here.

Pick: Tottenham AH-1.25 @ 1.61 Unibet


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


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


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

Premier League Tips


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


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

Premier League Tips


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


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

Premier League Tips


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


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

Premier League Tips


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


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

Championship Tips


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


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

Championship Tips


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