Wolves vs Middlesbrough betting tips, predictions and preview for the Championship fixture on Saturday 5th August at Molineux. Our match preview below includes reasons for each football tip.
Both teams start the new campaign with new managers but whereas Middlesbrough opted to appoint Garry Monk as boss after experiencing the Championship at Leeds last term, Wolves have secured the services of ex-Porto head coach Nuno Espirito Santo who has not previously featured in English football.
Wolves are also hoping to improve their fortunes in front of goal after netting more than once in just one league game at Molineux this year and they have signed Ruben Neves from Porto for a club record transfer fee. Visitors Middlesbrough netted just 27 Premier League goals last term with just 10 scored from January onwards. Britt Assombalonga became their most expensive signing when leaving Nottingham Forest. Martin Braithwaite (from Toulouse) and Johnny Howson (from Norwich) have also joined the club as they seek a more attacking approach to their football this term. Read our Wolves vs Middlesbrough predictions and betting tips below.
Middlesbrough could be a difficult team to beat this season especially if they retain the services of defender Ben Gibson while recent recruit Cyrus Christie benefited from Championship experience at Derby. The Wolves first team squad could take time to settle with several imports from European leagues added during the summer. ‘Boro could claim an opening day victory and my first Wolves vs Middlesbrough prediction is for an away victory via a clean sheet. The best odds are 10/3 with William Hill.
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Martin Braithwaite scored 11 French Ligue 1 goals in each of the last two seasons for Toulouse and he also netted in Boro’s 2-1 friendly victory against German Bundesliga team Augsburg last weekend. He could be a shrewd summer signing for Middlesbrough so the second of my Wolves vs Middlesbrough predictions is for Braithwaite to be the first goalscorer. The odds are 7/1 with Bet Victor.
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Although both teams have purchased expensive strikers during the summer, there may be few goals scored in this match especially as Wolves registered four clean sheets from early April onwards last season. My final Wolves vs Middlesbrough betting tip is for less than 2.5 goals to be scored and the odds are 4/6 with Betfred.
Ivan Cavaleiro will be absent for Wolves as he is serving a three-match suspension, while Carl Ikeme (illness) and Helder Costa (ankle) are both sidelined.
No significant injuries have been reported at Middlesbrough.
In their previous Championship contest at Molineux, Middlesbrough emerged with a 3-1 victory after trailing 1-0 with just 20 minutes of play remaining, but Wolves won the previous two encounters on home soil.
In a fairly close betting market, Wolves can be backed at about 6/4 to win this game whereas Middlesbrough are available at approximately 9/5. Odds of between 2/1 and 23/10 are generally available for a draw.
Middlesbrough to win via a clean sheet – 10/3 with William Hill.
Martin Braithwaite to be First Goalscorer – 7/1 with Bet Victor.
Under 2.5 goals to be scored – 4/6 with Betfred.
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