Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough predictions and betting tips for the Championship play-off second leg on Tuesday evening with a goals tip and match prediction included.
Aston Villa left the Riverside with a single goal advantage and that result sets up a fascinating second leg in the Midlands. Steve Bruce’s side were well-organised throughout and Mile Jedinak’s headed goal proved the difference between the two teams. Middlesbrough were a little disappointing and the travelling fans will want to see more from their team during the second leg. Britt Assombalonga was largely starved of service and the Teessiders will need to improve creativity here. Steve Bruce will undoubtedly formulate another plan to stifle their opponents and Villa are fancied to complete the job in front of their own fans. They have a number of former Premier League players who are experienced and have enjoyed success at this level previously. Tony Pulis’ side were surprisingly wasteful from set-piece situations on Saturday and they will be looking to take advantage of the ariel threat that they possess. See our Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough betting tips and predictions in the article below:
Villa should be able to execute their game-plan once again and Steve Bruce’s side have conceded just one goal in four home matches (vs Derby) and they could frustrate Middlesbrough for another 90 minutes here. It ended 0-0 when they met in September and whilst that would be enough for them to go through, I’m backing them to edge it. The first of our Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough betting tips is Aston Villa win which is priced at 13/10 with Betfair.
Mile Jediinak’s goal came after just 15 minutes but it could be a slow-burner here and we could reach the half-way stage with little to separate the two teams. 0-0 HT Score is priced at 13/10 with Ladbrokes and is the second of our Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough predictions.
Lewis Grabban is a man in-form and the loanee will be a focal point of Villa’s attack once again. Lewis Grabban in the anytime goalscorer market is priced at 2/1 with Sport Pesa and is the last of our Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough betting tips.
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Villa start as favourites for this tie and can be backed at 13/10 for a second successive victory over Middlesbrough. The draw will be popular at 11/5 whilst Middlesbrough are available at 5/2 to turn this tie around.
Goals are not expected in this game and it’s 11/10 for Both Teams to Score? Yes whilst it’s 8/11 for one of the two sides to keep a clean sheet.
Jonathon Kodjia and Lewis Grabban start as the joint favourites in the first goalscorer market. The pair can be supported at 7/2. Patrick Bamford may start this game and can be backed at 5/1 to net the opener.
All of these odds are from Betfair
Villa could be without Ahmed Elmohamady who limped off at the end of the first leg. Neil Taylor definitely won’t feature whilst Axel Tuanzebe is unlikely to feature
Tony Pulis must decide whether to start Patrick Bamford ahead of Britt Assombalonga in this tie. Rudy Gestede remains an absentee whilst Daniel Ayala will be assessed ahead of kick off.
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