Burnley vs Middlesbrough
England Premier League.
Date: Monday, 26th December 2016.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK.
Venue: Turf Moor, Burnley.
This Boxing Day is filled with some exciting fixtures and this one particular is a big fixture for the fans regardless of their team’s tiny stature. Both Burnley and Middlesbrough were rivalling each other for a promotion to the Premier League for the past few years. Now both have achieved the mission simultaneously, this is going to a different kind of battle with both fighting for survival.
Burnley are 16th in the league table with 3 points separating them from the relegation zone. Their recent run in the league has been horrendous as they suffered 5 defeats from the last 6. But they are a strong force to reckon at home. And 16 of their 17 points this season has come from matches at the Turf Moor. They were beaten only twice since the matchday 1 loss to Swansea at home. The two defeats came against top four teams in the league; Manchester City and Arsenal. Their home record in the EPL can be summarized as 5 wins and 1 draw and 3 losses from the last 9 matches.
Middlesbrough thrashed Swansea 3-0 at home on matchday 17 to recover from two consecutive defeats. The Boro have one point more than Burnley and are 14th in the league table and are team under relegation threat. The Teessiders have managed only one win from their 8 away games this season. But they are not a bad side on the road as they managed 5 draws as well during the period. It is clearly evident that Aitor Karanka would like to play an ultra-defensive game away from home, which has helped them steal points from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester.
Burnley vs Middlesbrough: Head-to-head stats
This will be the first time that these two sides are facing off against each other in an English Premier League fixture.
Middlesbrough are the better sides in recent meetings against Burnley as they picked up 4 wins and 2 draws from the last 7, losing just once.
Burnley are win-less in the last four home games against Boro, with 2 draws and 2 losses.
Burnley vs Middlesbrough: Prediction
Sean Dyche is pretty aware that his side’s best chances of surviving in Premier League is by winning against teams like Middlesbrough. The will be a team in confidence with an excellent home record on their back. But Karanka’s team are draw specialists, capable of frustrating quality attacks in the league.
The visitors are expected to make life hard for Burnley and we might well see a draw in this fixture. To be on the safer side, one could also opt for a double chance in the home side.
The predicted full-time correct score is a 1-1 draw at the odds of 6.50 (11/2).
Burnley vs Middlesbrough: Bet Tips
Draw at Full-Time at 21/10 (3.10)
Under 2.5 goals at 6/11 (1.53).