Middlesbrough vs Norwich predictions and betting tips for this Saturday evening’s televised Championship fixture on March 30th with an anytime goalscorer tip and goals prediction included.
Norwich don’t have too many tricky fixtures left to play, but Daniel Farke’s men face a tough trip to Teesside on Saturday evening to face Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough. The hosts are still cemented in the play-offs despite some ropey form of late, and they’ll be desperate to get back to winning ways here. The Canaries have looked classy all season, and should edge out their hosts in this teatime showdown. See our Middlesbrough vs Norwich predictions below.
The boo boys are out at the Riverside, and Tony Pulis is a man under pressure. The Welshman hasn’t had the desired effect on Teesside despite his side being firmly in the play-off mix. On current form, Boro look like a side on the downgrade, and another defeat on Saturday put their participation in the end-of-season lottery in doubt. Something isn’t working, the balance isn’t quite right, and unlike earlier in the campaign, they’re conceding goals. Coming into this game, they’ve lost three consecutive matches, and they were particularly poor against Aston Villa a fortnight ago. This is a tough game in which to bounce back, and I can’t see them leaving with three points. They’ve won just one of their last five here (vs QPR), and just two of their last nine, and their fans have had very little to cheer about. The knives will be out if they suffer a third consecutive defeat in the North East. At the opposite end of the scale, Norwich are purring, and they look Premier League-bound. The board have been fully vindicated for giving Daniel Farke time to turn things around, and they have threats all over the pitch. Even when leading marksman Teemu Pukki has an off day, Norwich still find a way to outscore their opponents, and I expect them to attack from the off here. There’s a decent balance to the 4-2-3-1 formation, and they’ve won four of their last five away games in the Championship. They’ve won at Elland Road, Ewood Park and the Den this season, and have come through some tough tests. They should have enough to notch up another win. Norwich are the first of Saturday’s Championship betting tips.
This clash pitches together one of the division’s lowest scoring sides, against the Championship’s most prolific team on the road. Norwich have plundered 36 goals on their travels, but they’ve not exactly been watertight on the road either. Boro were keeping a tight ship for the first half of the campaign, but they’ve been a soft touch in recent weeks, and conceded twice here to Brentford and Preston. They’ve only scored 19 goals in their 18 home matches so far, but they should find a way past Norwich’s defence. They’ve netted in each of their last six home matches, and I expect that trend to continue on Saturday. Over 2.5 Goals looks to be a decent price here, and it’s the second of our Middlesbrough vs Norwich betting tips for this televised tie.
There’s a number of players who will be hoping to find the against their former club in this tie. Jordan Rhodes will be aiming to find the net, if he gets the nod. Whilst Jonny Howson has been effective since joining Boro, and could be a decent bet to put a huge dent in the Canaries’ promotion hopes. However, it’s impossible to ignore the form of Emi Buendia. The Argentinian didn’t find the net until late October, but he’s now got seven for the season, and he’s grabbed three in three. He’s a natural talent, hugely skillful, and will be full of endeavour throughout this clash. With Middlesbrough’s defence suffering some lapses in concentration recently, he could be the man to take full advantage. Emi Buendia is the third of our Middlesbrough vs Norwich betting tips for Saturday night.
Norwich have rightfully been installed as the favourites for this match, and can be backed at around 6/4 to pick up another three precious points. Middlesbrough need to get back in business after a poor spell, and they are available at 9/5, and it’s 9/4 to end all-square.
Norwich games have seen plenty of goals recently, and I would expect them to grab a few here. Over 2.5 Goals is around Evens, whilst it’s 4/5 for Both Teams to Score? Yes.
Unsurprisingly, Teemu Pukki is leading the way in the first goalscorer market and can be backed 9/2. Despite playing for Finland on Tuesday, he is likely to start this game. Britt Assombalonga is 11/2 to break the deadlock, whilst Jordan Rhodes can be backed at 6/1 to net against his former employers. Dennis Srbeny is next in the betting at 7s.