Middlesbrough vs Brentford
Date: Saturday, 9 March 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).
Middlesbrough took advantage of the somewhat easier schedule to collect seven points from past three league affairs. They did not ship a single goal along the way, beating the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Queens Park Rangers and drawing to Wigan Athletic in the previous round. Boro are now fifth in the league ladder and have a four-point cushion on Bristol City and Derby County who sit just below them in the standings.
This Saturday should provide Tony Pulis’ men a nice opportunity to keep the fine spell of form going as they are set to play 15th-placed Brentford in front of the home crowd at Riverside Stadium. The visitors played hot and cold throughout the entire season, but they generally struggled to offer their best showings on travels.
Middlesbrough vs Brentford: Head-to-head
The head to head stats favour Middlesbrough who lead the tie by six wins coming into 20th encounter with the Bees.
Boro came on top when teams met each other in the first half of the season in late-November last year ( a 1-2 victory at Griffin Park).
Boro won 6, drew 2 and lost just 1 of 9 home matches against Brentford (20-5 goal difference in the process).
Middlesbrough are undefeated in last 12 meetings with the Bees.
Middlesbrough vs Brentford: Prediction
Brentford did not play defense at all in recent away fixtures. They allowed two or more goals in all of past five away matches across competitions. They won 1, drew 7 and lost 8 of 16 away games so far in the season.
Looking at both form and head to head tradition, it is hard to see any other scenario but the home win coming here. Boro played tight defensive-minded football of late which is why braver tipsters can go for the correct score longshot backing the hosts to snatch a narrow 1-0 victory here.
Middlesbrough vs Brentford: Bet Tips
Middlesbrough to win @ 2.30 (13/10)
Middlesbrough to win 1-0 @ 7.50 (13/2).