Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa predictions and betting tips for the Championship play-off match on Saturday evening with a goals tip and match prediction included.
The second of the Championship play-offs sees two savvy managers go head-to-head as Tony Pulis faces Steve Bruce. The former West Brom manager has certainly improved consistency in Teesside. They’ve ended the season in decent spirits and the former of Mo Besic has been a real plus. They also have the pace and unpredictability of Adama Traore which could come in handy during these end-of-season fixtures. Villa have a hugely talented squad and Steve Bruce needs to get the best out of them. They rested a number of players on the final day of the season and the likes of Lewis Grabban and Jack Grealish should relish the opportunity to help their side return to the Premier League. These two sides played out a 0-0 draw during their first meeting this season before Villa sneaked a 1-0 win here back in December. See our Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa betting tips and predictions in the article below:
These two sides are quite well-matched and there wasn’t much to separate them when they met earlier in the campaign. Boro have won seven of the last eight at home whilst Villa have been defeated in three of their last five on the road. The first of our Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa betting tips is Middlesbrough Win which is priced at 13/10 with Sporting Bet.
Both of these managers will know that they cannot afford to lose this match and therefore their sides will not be giving much away in this contest. It wouldn’t be a surprise if this game was still goalless at the break. 0-0 HT Score is priced at 6/4 with William Hill and is the second of our Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa predictions.
Britt Assombalonga has been preferred to Patrick Bamford lately and he is likely to start. He can cause Villa a few problems here and hit the back of the net. Britt Assombalonga in the anytime goalscorer market is priced at 9/4 with 888Sport and is the last of our Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa betting tips.
Middlesbrough are the 13/10 favourites for this clash and their recent home form will make them popular with punters. Villa are 5/2 to win again at the Riverside whilst it’s 2/1 for the game to end all-square.
This may not be one for the neutral with Under 2.5 Goals priced up at 8/5 whilst it’s 6/4 for Over 2.5 Goals in this encounter.
Patrick Bamford and Britt Assombalonga are joint favourites in the first goalscorer market at 7/2. Lewis Grabban can be backed at 11/2.
All of these odds are from Sporting Bet
Rudy Gestede remains injured and won’t feature against his former club here. Britt Assombalonga is likely to be preferred up front to Patrick Bamford.
Neil Taylor is injured and won’t feature. Birkir Bjarnasson is also struggling for fitness and will be joined on the sidelines by Gabby Agbonlahor and Jed Steer.
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