Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough
English League Championship Play-offs
Date: Tuesday, 15th May 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Villa Park (Birmingham).
The Villans took advantage in the first leg and now have a chance to finish the job. Middlesbrough had most of the ball possession in the game but Aston Villa looked sharp and clinical up front. Mile Jedinak was able to score the only goal in this game in the 15th minute.
The Villans are strong at home and will be looking not only to keep their lead but to extend it. Steve Bruce is likely to use the same formation with little to no changes compared to the first leg. Despite the home advantage Villa looks unlikely to push numbers forward. The Villans are likely to sit back and wait for their opportunities.
Middlesbrough were disappointing last game. They controlled the tempo of the game but lacked the means, mainly creativity to break down Aston Villa. The last pass was simply not good enough in most cases and the team’s attacks were just hitting Aston Villa’s defensive line like a wall.
Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough: Head-to-head
The teams met four times so far this season, the Villans have 2 wins both at Riverside stadium and Boro bagged a win and draw at the Villa Park.
All their four meetings this season saw under 2.5 goals and only one team scored in those.
Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last 6 visits to the Villa Park – 3 wins & 3 draws.
The recent trend is interesting, there are no home wins in their last 12 head-to-head meetings in all competitions, 4 draws and 8 away wins.
Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough: Predictions
Middlesbrough will try to push Aston Villa but at Villa Park that’s going to be one difficult task. The home side will be more than happy to defend deep and stay compact while using a lot of pace up front to kill the game off. We have already seen that Middlesbrough has a hard time working a way around Aston Villa’s defensive line. The game shouldn’t have many goals with Aston Villa being favorites.
Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals at 1.60
Aston Villa 0.0 AH at 1.63.