Middlesbrough vs Blackburn Rovers
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 1 February 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).
It has been well over a decade since Middlesbrough last lost to this foe at home. With Blackburn yet to ensure consistency on the road, the hosts are well in contention to keep their streak alive.
Middlesbrough vs Blackburn Head to head (h2h)
- Their last clash witnessed Blackburn post a 1-0 victory.
- All but one of their past five meetings have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts.
- Both teams have found the back of the net together in three of their previous five games.
- Half of their last ten fixtures have ended as a tie.
- Blackburn have registered the win thrice in their past ten encounters. (W-3, D-5, L-2)
Middlesbrough vs Blackburn Rovers Prediction
Middlesbrough were deprived of a win at home last week by Birmingham who huffed and puffed to hold the hosts to a 1-1 draw. The home team are now without a taste of success in their last five games in all competitions.
To matters worse, Middlesbrough are winless in their last three matchups in the Championship and have garnered no more than two measly points from a possible nine.
On the other hand, Blackburn are sporting an impressive two-match winning streak at the moment, the most recent of which was a 2-1 victory over QPR on home soil. The guests are also unbeaten in their last three fixtures on the trot and have stumbled just twice in their last nine in the second division.
Be that as it may, the visitors have been at their worst away from home this season. Miserably, eight out of the ten defeats that they have admitted so far have come from their trips on the road.
It is also worth mentioning that Blackburn have not secured the bragging rights in any of their previous six visits here. Taking into account that Middlesbrough have not been at the losing end at home since their 1-0 defeat to West Brom way back in October, rule out any chances of the visiting contingent picking up the win in this one.
However, the hosts have salvaged no more than a point in their past two fixtures at home. Considering that five out of the last six meetings with this foe here have also ended in a draw, it will be safer to back a draw no bet this weekend.
Furthermore, goals have been hard to come by at Riverside Stadium this term. Six of the previous nine fixtures at this venue have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the final scorecards.
Given that all of their previous six h2h encounters here were also low scoring affairs, expect more of the same come Saturday as well.
Middlesbrough vs Blackburn Rovers Betting tips
Draw no bet: Middlesbrough @ 1.50 (1/2)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.66 (2/3).