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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


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

Championship Tips


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


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

Championship Tips


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


Leeds v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: 2 AH-0.25, 2016-02-15

Championship Tips


Monday 15th February 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Leeds United’s disappointing season continued last weekend when they went down to a 1-0 loss at home to Nottingham Forest at Elland Road, and the South Yorkshire outfit now find themselves in 16th place in the Championship as a result.

Leeds have now won just once in their last eight league matches overall which was a 1-0 home win over fourth from bottom club Bristol City, but there’s been little to cheer about for the Leeds faithful again this season with their club languishing in the bottom half of the English second tier.

Leeds’ overall home record stands at  4-5-6  12/16 although prior to the Nottingham Forest defeat they’d put together a five-match unbeaten run which included wins over Hull City, Preston North End and the aforementioned Bristol City.

Visitors Middlesbrough have drawn their last two Championship matches with 1-1 stalemates against Blackburn Rovers and MK Dons respectively, while they’ve now gone four matches without a win in the league.

Previous defeats against Bristol City and Nottingham Forest have pegged Boro back in their quest for an automatic promotion spot, although they still sit in second place just two points adrift of league leaders Hull City.

With Burnley and Brighton now hot on their heels, Boro will need to get something from their visit to Elland Road and with an overall away record of  7-3-4  18/12 and just one defeat from their last six away trips, they stand every chance of doing so.

Pick: Middlesbrough AH-0.25 @ 1.80 bet365


MK Dons v Middlesbrough Betting Tip 2, 2016-02-09

Championship Tips

Tuesday 9th 2016 Kickoff: 1945hrs
MK Dons v Middlesbrough
Football – England – Championship

Although this clash sees second-top Middlesbrough travel to fourth-bottom MK Dons, the competitive nature of the Championship dictates that this is anything but a foregone conclusion. Neither team have been in great form lately so three points here would be vital for their receptive causes.

This is MK Dons first season playing at this level so it was always going to be something of a fact-finding mission for manager Karl Robinson and his players, especially when they are competing against clubs such as Tuesday’s opponents who simply have a vastly superior budget at their disposal. Nevertheless, the Dons have acquitted themselves relatively well as they bid to achieve their goal of surviving for a second season in the Championship. If they are to manage that then their form thus far would dictate that the home matches will be crucial. Of their 27 points, 19 of them have come at home whilst managing just one win in their travels. It could be argued that they will have to find a way to pick up more wins and points on the road if they are to survive, but building on – and maintaining – the strength of their home form is equally important, which means even games against the top teams have to be targeted.

The last month or so has easily been Middlesbrough’s worst period of the season and it has seen them being relieved of top spot in the Championship, albeit on goals difference and with at least one game in hand over the teams around them. With respect to that, a win on Tuesday would see them return to the top but Aitor Karanka has to find a way to restore confidence and get his team back on the winning trail. ‘Boro have picked up just one point in their last three games and managed only one win in their last five games in all competitions. There is certainly no need to panic in their current situation, but last year’s memory of losing in the play-off final will still resonate and automatic promotion is without doubt their sole objective. One of the most notable aspects of their game that has to improve is find a way to score more goals – failing to score more than one goal in their last five attempts.

It’s not just one win in MK Dons last six league games, a run which has seen them slip back towards the bottom three. Like their next opponents, the Dons have struggled for goals of late, and are actually the league’s lowest scorers, managing only 23 goals in their 29 league games. It will be a concern for Robinson, particularly as the quality of their play is very good until the final decision in and around the box. For any team who struggle to score goals, it places so much importance on the defence to be consistently good and whilst they have conceded the fewest of any of the bottom six, it’s not been enough to secure more wins of late.

With the financial sums on offer in next year’s Premier League rocketing to astronomical levels, Middlesbrough have thrown all they can at ensuring they are in the top-flight come August. Following the high-profile arrivals of Stewart Downing and Christian Stuani, amongst others, during the summer, the club’s pursuit of Jordan Rhodes finally came to a satisfactory conclusion last month as the striker arrived at the Riverside in the hope that his proven goalscoring record will lead them to the Premier League. It wasn’t the dream debut for him on Saturday as he came off the bench to help his new team to a point over his previous employers.

MK Dons v Middlesbrough Betting Tips

A win for either team will obviously be of huge help as the home team look to increase the gap between themselves and the bottom three whilst ‘Boro look to return to the top of the table. However, with 16 games left to play for both these clubs after this game, there is an awful lot of football left to play and it’s likely both issues will go right to the final games.

MK Dons have won four of their last seven league games at home, including a couple of impressive victories over Reading and Sheffield Wednesday. They will have to reach that level and surpass it if they are to beat arguably the best team in this league. Middlesbrough may also be happy that they are playing away as they have won four of their last five on the road – keeping a clean sheet in all four of them. They did lose on their most recent away fixture, however.

Everything points to this game being a tight affair as neither side are in great form overall and have particularly struggled for goals of late. It’s also a meeting of the worst attack in the league and the best defence in the league, and I believe that will be the crucial factor. Although MK Dons are better at home, I think the away defence will stifle their attack and with the addition of Rhodes at the other end, should have enough to sneak one and take all three points.

Middlesbrough EVENS @ Bet365