Burnley suffered back to back disappointments in London and they return to more familiar territory to welcome Middlesbrough to Turf Moor. We’ve got the best bets for the Premier League match.
Sean Dyche’s side just cannot shake off their away day hoodoo. They did net first against Spurs through Ashley Barnes, but inevitably, they were unable to hold on. It made it back to back defeats for the Clarets in the capital and they’ll be relieved to return to East Lancashire on Boxing Day. It’s just 1 win in 6 for the newly promoted side and Dyche will need to be careful to make sure the resilience at home doesn’t lose it’s effect or else they could find themselves in trouble at the foot of the table. They have a relatively comfortable 3 point cushion over 3rd bottom Sunderland, but they will have this game marked as ‘Winnable’. Only Manchester City, Arsenal and strangely Swansea have collected maximum points here and they’ll be hoping to give their fans a Christmas treat with their 6th home win of the season. 16 of their 17 points have been collected here so far and it could prove to be the difference between a second season in the top tier and an instant return to the Championship. Andre Gray has struggled since his return to the side and Ashley Barnes may get another run out following his opener on Sunday.
Middlesbrough bounced back from defeat against Liverpool with a thumping 3-0 win over Swansea. The Teessiders never looked like losing that match yet boss Aitor Karanka described it as their worst performance of the season. Alvaro Negredo is playing with confidence once again and Gaston Ramirez was superb all afternoon. Boro have struggled with consistency and there have been games in which they’ve failed to turn up. On the road, they haven’t won since the 21st of August when they made the short journey to Sunderland, but they have drawn 4 of the last 5 and have only conceded 5 goals in that time. They probably should have taken all three points from the KP, but a last minute penalty denied them the glory. The visitors look solid and could do with adding a few more goals to their side, but they should have enough about them to make a game of it.
Burnley vs Middlesbrough Predictions
Burnley are very tempting here, but I can’t help but feel Middlesbrough will make it tough. They’ve collected something from this fixture in each of their last four visits to Turf Moor so our first Burnley vs Middlesbrough prediction is the draw at 11/5 with Paddy Power.
I think both sides will find the back of the net here. Burnley haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last five away games whilst Boro have scored three in three on the road so we’re going with both teams to score as our second Burnley vs Middlesbrough betting tip, the best odds are 11/10 with Betfair.
Ashley Barnes should be confident after his goal last week. He netted the 90th minute winner against Palace here in November so Barnes to score anytime completes our Burnley vs Middlesbrough predictions for this Boxing Day clash. The best odds are 9/4 with Betfred.
Burnley vs Middlesbrough Team News
Sean Dyche will be without Johann Berg Gudmundsson for this clash. The Icelandic winger is still on the sidelines. Matt Lowton serves a one match suspension. Ashley Barnes, Sam Vokes and Andre Gray will battle it out for two spots up front. Middlesbrough continue to be without James Husband and Christian Stuani is also likely to miss out. Viktor Fischer didn’t last long on his debut and may not have recovered in time.
Burnley vs Middlesbrough Head to Head
Burnley haven’t beaten Middlesbrough here since 2011. The sides drew 1-1 here last season in the Championship with the Clarets needing a 90th minute equaliser from Michael Keane.
Burnley have failed to score in three of their last four matches against Middlesbrough here.
Burnley vs Middlesbrough Betting Odds
Surprisingly, Middlesbrough start favourites here. They are priced at around 6/4. Burnley can be backed at around 3/1 whilst the draw is about 12/5
Jordan Rhodes and Alvaro Negredo dominate the goalscoring market, but Aitor Karanka is only likely to start with one of the two.
Burnley vs Middlesbrough Betting Tips
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