Middlesbrough vs Sheffield United predictions and betting tips ahead of this Championship clash, kicking off at 5:30pm on Saturday, 12th August 2017. Can the hosts get three points on the board as they look for an immediate return to the top flight?
After boring us throughout the last Premier League season, Middlesbrough have got their act together following relegation. They’re not for waiting around in the second tier, after appointing Gary Monk and spending close to £50million.
The hosts look to be in great shape for a promotion push, despite starting their campaign with a defeat. They return to the Riverside to host newly promoted Sheffield United, which should be a home win for Boro.
When Boro were last in this division they managed to win 70% of their home games, and that record should continue when they take on the Blades. This team is clearly even stronger than the one which won promotion in 2016, so our first Middlesbrough vs Sheffield United predictions is a home win at 10/11 with William Hill.
The hosts had an excellent defensive record in 2015/16, and they’ve now added a strong goalkeeper to that side in Darren Randolph. Having kept a clean sheet in 65% of their home games, and after defending really well for a relegated side, Boro should be too strong at the back to break down. Gary Monk will make sure they’re organised, so we’re backing a home win to nil at 15/8 with Bet365 in our second Middlesbrough vs Sheffield United prediction.
Middlesbrough aren’t expected to make any major changes from the side which lost 1-0 at Wolves on the opening day.
Middlesbrough have hit an impressive 75 goals in their last 37 meetings with Sheffield United at home.
The hosts weren’t a big scoring side in the second tier – or the top flight – and we expect that to be the case here. Despite bringing in plenty of new forwards, they still need time to gel. We’re backing a 2-0 win for the hosts at 7/1 with BetFred in our final Middlesbrough vs Sheffield United prediction.
Middlesbrough to win – 10/11 with William Hill
Middlesbrough to win to nil – 15/8 with Bet365
Middlesbrough to win 2-0 – 7/1 with BetFred