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Middlesbrough v Sunderland Betting Tip Sunderland – 6 January 2018

FA Cup & League Cup Tips
Saturday 6th January 2018 Kick off 1300hrs Middlesbrough v Sunderland City Football – England – FA Cup Games between Middlesbrough and Sunderland may not ignite all that much excitement amongst neutrals, but any meeting is much anticipated amongst the followers of both clubs. With the two clubs now in the Championship for the first time in well over a decade, this will be the second of three meetings between the North East clubs this season and the fact there is a place in the next round of the FA Cup at stake, it adds a bit more spice to what is usually a fiercely fought encounter. Following relegation from the Premier League last season, Middlesbrough are already on their second manager of this campaign following the sacking of Garry Monk. Monk was relieved of his duties following an underwhelming first half of the season which seen them fail to make any impression on the automatic promotion places. That was the expectation following further significant investment from Steve Gibson so although they were a couple of points off the playoffs, the owner sought to bring in Tony Pulis with a view to really pushing on in the second half of the campaign. Pulis has not managed at this level for a decade bus his Premier League experience and his approach to football should stand him in good stead in the Championship. It has been a solid enough start to his time at the Riverside with two wins from his first three but the loss at home to rivals Aston Villa was a damaging one. It will place a touch more significance on Saturday’s clash with Sunderland as he attempts to instil a winning mentality within the squad – especially in crunch fixtures. Sunderland were also relegated from the Premier League last season, following a dismal showing throughout the 2016/17 campaign. The Black Cats had used up all their lives when surviving year after year thanks to miraculous escapes in the last few weeks. Relegation also signalled a change in approach as the club had to cut their cloth accordingly and little money has been spent since returning to this level. Simon Grayson was initially charged with the task of establishing a squad of players capable of being competitive but it was an appointment that never lasted that long, eventually being replaced by Chris Coleman. The former Welsh national team manager has enjoyed some good results since taking over but the club have still struggled to find any consistency which is why they sit at the foot of the Championship in the first week of 2018. They are not the first team to be threatened with back to back relegations from the top flight into League One, which has been a reality for others. However a club the size of Sunderland and with a fanbase such as theirs, it would be criminal to see them fall below the second tier. Their saving grace is that the relegation zone is so compact that one win could see them jump four places. Can a win in the FA Cup provide a springboard to them climbing the league table?

Middlesbrough v Sunderland Betting Tip

These two sides clashes back at the start of November when Middlesbrough were narrow 1-0 winners at the Riverside. Much has changed since that game, though, as neither Monk or Grayson (who were in charge of the respected teams that day) are still at the clubs. Saturday’s game will see two Welshman in the dugouts trying to plot their team’s passage into the next round of this famous competition. Pulis is just barely in the door and is still attempting to finalise his backroom staff whilst Coleman has this week slammed a number of his senior stars for underperforming. There’s no doubting that the home team are favourites. Not only will they have the advantage of playing at the Riverside, they are 19 points better off than their opponents in the league which highlights that they are a better all round team than Sunderland. As we all know, however, the FA Cup is a great leveller and league positions will count for little as the teams take the pitch for the lunchtime kick-off tomorrow. The visitors have the joint second worst defensive record in the Championship which illustrates where the majority of their problems lie. For a team in their position, however, they have not found scoring goals terribly difficult and no team in the bottom half of the table have scored more goals on the road than Sunderland. ‘Boro have not been the most consistent at home with four defeats already to their name and the rallying call issued by Coleman ahead of this one may just galvanise his players into a big performance. It’s debatable how serious either of the managers view this game in the context of their seasons, and in that case I’m more inclined to side with Sunderland at a fair price. Sunderland 6/1 @ Coral
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Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers Betting Tips: 1, 2017-12-26

Championship Tips
MIDDLESBROUGH v BOLTON WANDERERS Tuesday 26th December 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips Middlesbrough manager, Garry Monk, would have been a relieved man when his side captured all three points in Saturday’s 2-1 win away at Sheffield Wednesday in a match which was billed as a battle between two managers under increasing pressure. Boro found themselves a goal down but rallied in the second half to take the spoils but there’s still plenty of work to do if they’re to lift themselves up into the play-off pack, and stay there. Middlesbrough’s inconsistency has all too often let them down, although they have now won three of their last four at the Riverside Stadium with wins over Sunderland, Birmingham City and Ipswich Town. The hosts possess an okay home record of  6-2-3  13/9, but they’ll need to gain more consistency on home turf if they’re to become serious contenders for the play-offs. Striker Assombalonga (11 goals) has been in goalscoring form though, and if he can stay fit in the second half of this season then Boro have a good chance. Bolton Wanderers did their hopes of avoiding relegation no harm at all with a 2-0 home win over second placed Cardiff City on Saturday but they still remain in the bottom three as Burton Albion won away at Reading. The Trotters now sit level on points with Sunderland who were held to a 1-1 draw by Birmingham City, but face a tough trip to the north-east to take on a Middlesbrough outfit who are aiming for a place in the play-off pack over the Christmas period. Despite registering recent wins over Barnsley and Cardiff City, both of these wins were recorded at their Macron Stadium, while their away form has been cause for concern throughout the campaign so far; an away record of  0-5-6  8/22 tells its own story, and it’s now a staggering 36 matches without an away win in the Championship. Pick: Middlesbrough to win @ 1.52 Marathonbet
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Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Betting Tip Aston Villa – 19 September 2017

FA Cup & League Cup Tips
Tuesday 19th September 2017 Kickoff:1945hrs Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Football – England – League Cup The League Cup draw has pitted the two big spending clubs from the Championship together as Aston Villa host Middlesbrough for a place in the next round. The two have already faced each other in the league this season in a forgettable game which ended goalless just last week. This one will of course be played to a finish and it’s an opportunity for one of the teams to restore some much needed positivity in what has been a frustrating year. Many, including myself, expected Villa to hit the ground running this season on the back of Steve Bruce having a few months to assemble a squad he felt capable of getting out the Championship. It has been a stuttering beginning, though, with wins proving hard to come by. Saturday’s 3-0 victory away to Barnsley was just their second in the league all season and Bruce will hope it’s a catalyst as they attempt to climb into the recognition for automatic promotion. To their credit, they’ve only lost two games from the 10 they have played in all competitions so there’s certainly something there to build on. Their form in the League Cup has been good with a 2-1 win away to Colchester followed by a resounding 4-1 success at home to Wigan in the last round, a repeat of that tomorrow would be most welcome for Bruce and his players. Gary Monk enjoyed success in this competition as a player when captain of Swansea and although that seems a long way off at the moment with his Middlesbrough side, he will know the benefits a good cup run has on a team. His players certainly showed they had spirit in abundance at the weekend when rallying from 1-0 and 2-1 down to record a much needed win at home to QPR. Like their opponents on Tuesday, ‘Boro have lost twice in the league and have not been as impressive as one might expect from a club who twice broke their record transfer fee in the summer. That said, they are in a healthy enough position as they sit only three points off of top spot. Due to the nature of the draw, they have only had to play one game to get to this stage and they wasted little time in disposing of Scunthorpe 3-0 at the Riverside.

Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Betting Tip

Although promotion to the Premier League is without doubt the main aim of both Villa and ‘Boro, there squads are packed full of talent so this type of game should not inconvenience their league business too much. Bruce and Monk will look to use those squads and the likelihood is they will try to get the win in 90 minutes to prevent any unnecessary extra time with important games ahead. Villa certainly had the best of the game last week and only some poor finishing and an excellent rearguard action from the away team prevented the hosts taking the three points. Bruce’s men found their scoring touch at the weekend however and I envisage them continuing that on Tuesday and making home advantage count to progress. Aston Villa 7/5 @ Bet365
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Middlesbrough v Preston North End Betting Tips: 1, 2017-08-26

Championship Tips
MIDDLESBROUGH v PRESTON NORTH END Saturday 26th August 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips Pre-season promotion candidates, Middlesbrough, will play host to eighth placed Preston North End at their Riverside Stadium with the home side looking to transfer their midweek momentum into this weekend in the Championship. Boro came through their League Cup tie against League One outfit Scunthorpe United unscathed as they registered a comfortable 3-0 win, and they’ll be looking to build upon this recent success on Saturday, although recent results in the Championship have been inconsistent. Recent wins over Sheffield United and Burton Albion have been overshadowed by defeats to Wolves and Nottingham Forest, although these defeats were both away from home. But on home turf, Boro are unbeaten in their last 11 and they’re a hard nut to crack at the Riverside. Visitors Preston North End have made a reasonable start to their new Championship campaign as they sit in eighth place having gained seven points to date. However, delve a little deeper, and you’ll find that Preston’s success so far has been heavily reliant upon their home form at Deepdale. Back-to-back wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Reading at home see the visitors in the top half of the division, but away from home, they’ve drawn 0-0 at Leeds United and suffered a 1-0 defeat at Derby County. Indeed, Preston are without a win from their last 13 matches on their travels in the Championship, and you have to go all the way back to early January when they beat Burton Albion for their last success on the road. Boro won the last encounter between these two sides 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium back in April, and we could see a similar result unfold here. Look for Boro striker, Assombalonga, to bounce back today following an unhappy return to the City Ground last week against former club, Nottingham Forest. Pick: Middlesbrough to win @ 1.80 bet365
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Middlesbrough v Burton Albion Betting Tips: 1, 2017-08-17

Championship Tips
MIDDLESBROUGH v BURTON ALBION Tuesday 15th August 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips Former Premier League outfit, Middlesbrough, have made a mixed start to life back in the Championship so far this season as they lost 1-0 away at Wolves on the opening day of the new campaign, but quickly bounced back with a 1-0 win at home over Sheffield United on the weekend. It’s been all change at the Riverside Stadium lately, with former Swansea City and Leeds United manager, Garry Monk taking over the reigns from Karanka who had achieved promotion for Boro the season before last. Nottingham Forest prolific striker, Britt Assombalonga, has also joined, and has bolstered a useful attacking line-up that includes Gestede, Bamford and Braithwaite. Boro also possess an experienced midfield unit that includes Howson, Leadbitter and Clayton along with Chelsea loanee, Lewis Baker. The hosts know that three points tonight would lift them towards the top of the Championship. Visitors Burton Albion have been tipped as one of the sides to battle against relegation this term, and the form book has certainly followed the script so far in the first two weeks of this new season as The Brewers have fallen to back-to-back defeats against Cardiff City and Hull City so far. Nigel Clough’s side battled gamely throughout last season to avoid the drop which they duly achieved, but the stresses of relegation may well haunt them again this term, and only time will tell if they can maintain their Championship status against the odds again this season. Burton ended last season with an away record of  4-9-10  21/33 and were only just one point ahead of relegated Blackburn Rovers by the end of it last season. Pick: Middlesbrough to win @ 1.50 Bet Victor
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Liverpool v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: 2 AH+2.75, 2017-05-21

Jurgen Klopp
LIVERPOOL v MIDDLESBROUGH Sunday 21st May 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - England - Premier League Betting Tips The last game of the season at Anfield sees hosts, Liverpool, taking on relegated Middlesbrough with the incentive of Champions League football at stake as The Reds look to overhaul Manchester City into the automatic spot. Liverpool will also have one eye on Arsenal who are just one point behind them and also hold home advantage when they take on Liverpool’s merseyside rivals, Everton at The Emirates. There’s still plenty to play for then, in this final match of the season, and Liverpool head into this encounter in pretty solid form having lost just once in their last 11 league matches overall. But - history has taught us never to trust Liverpool when in seemingly winning positions, as time and time again, they’ve flattered to deceive and have ultimately failed when the pressure is on. Overall, Liverpool possess a good home record of  11-5-2  42/18, but take their last three matches at Anfield for example; a 2-2 draw with mid-table Bournemouth, a 2-1 defeat to 13th placed Crystal Palace, and could only manage a 0-0 draw with eighth placed Southampton (despite spending over 90 million pounds on former Saints players!) Onto visitors Middlesbrough, and they will bow out of the Premier League this afternoon in this, their final match of their disappointing campaign in the top flight which ended in relegation a few weeks ago. After a seven year absence from the Premier League, Boro made a promising start which saw them unbeaten in their first three matches of the season (draws with Stoke City and Middlesbrough were either side of a 2-1 win at north east rivals Sunderland), but a string of poor results ended in former manager Karanka’s sacking, despite the Spaniard achieving promotion for Boro from the Championship (no smug expressions please, Burnley). Their away record admittedly stands at a poor  1-7-10  10/27, but dig deeper and you’ll find they’ve been beaten by two goals or more on just five occasions from their 18 away matches to date. And of the top half teams they’ve played on the road to date, only Chelsea (3-0) have won by a larger margin than two goals - hence my pick today. Pick: Middlesbrough AH+2.75 @ 1.70 Bet Victor
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Chelsea v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: 1 to win to nil, 2017-05-08

Diego Costa (Chelsea)
CHELSEA v MIDDLESBROUGH Monday 8th May 2017 - Kickoff: 2000hrs Football - England - Premier League Betting Tips With Tottenham losing away at West Ham United on Friday night, Premier League leaders Chelsea could take a huge step towards winning the title and opening up a significant seven point lead over Spurs if they beat second from bottom Middlesbrough this evening. Chelsea return to Stamford Bridge where they hold an impressive home record that stands at  14-0-2  43/13 as the hosts go in search of a third consecutive league win following back-to-back victories over Southampton and Everton. In addition, Chelsea have won 12 of their last 13 at the Bridge and have also collected seven clean sheets on home turf so far this season. Leading goalscorer and striker Diego Costa (19 goals) notched in Chelsea’s 1-0 win at the Riverside over tonight’s opponents Middlesbrough earlier in the season, and he could well strike again tonight. Visitors Middlesbrough played out of their skins to earn a point at home to Manchester City in a 2-2 draw at the Riverside Stadium last time out, but time is running out for Boro who have registered just one league win from their last 18 matches overall. Relegation rivals Hull City and Swansea City have picked up valuable points in recent weeks, and although Middlesbrough recorded a vital 1-0 home win over north-east rivals Sunderland recently, they now find themselves six points adrift of third from bottom club Hull, and seven points adrift of Swansea City and the safety of 17th place. Boro’s predicament looks almost hopeless with a trip to Stamford Bridge looming on the back of a poor away record that stands at  1-7-9  10/24 which also includes failing to score on no fewer than 10 occasions from their 17 away matches to date in the top flight. Therefore, there’s huge incentive for Chelsea to win this match, and I believe another 1-0 home win is on the cards here. Pick: Chelsea to win to nil @ 1.75 Bet Victor
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Middlesbrough v Sunderland betting Tips: Under 2.75, 2017-04-26

David Moyes (Everton)
MIDDLESBROUGH v SUNDERLAND Wednesday 26th April 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - England - Premier League Betting Tips Wednesday night also includes a desperate relegation clash between two struggling teams in the north-east of England as Middlesbrough take on Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium in a must-win encounter for both sides. Middlesbrough have had to endure a baptism of fire in their return to the Premier League this season, and their poor results and steady decline down the league table to the relegation zone ultimately cost former manager Karanka his job despite getting Boro up from the Championship at the end of last season. Middlesbrough’s situation got even worse on Saturday as they imploded away at Bournemouth, losing 4-0 and having Gaston Ramirez sent off as he lost his head. In addition, Boro have now gone 16 league matches without a win as their relegation worries deepen. Visitors Sunderland sit bottom of the table and three points adrift of their rivals Middlesbrough ahead of this clash but they did earn a point in a 2-2 draw with West Ham last time out, showing character as they trailed 2-1 to earn a valuable point. However, Sunderland are without a win from their last eight league matches in the top flight, and possess a poor away record that stands at  2-1-12  10/27 which includes losing their last three matches on the trot on their travels with defeats at Everton, Watford and Leicester City. The Black Cats have failed to score in 9 of their 15 away matches to date, and they won’t be throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Middlesbrough here as they’ll want to keep things tight at the back under manager Moyes. This won’t be a match for the purist! Pick: Under 2.75 goals @ 1.56 Comeon
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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
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Tottenham v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: 1 AH-1.25, 2017-02-04

Premier League Tips
TOTTENHAM v MIDDLESBROUGH 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
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