Middlesbrough vs Bristol City
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 14 April 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK
Venue: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).
Riverside Stadium will play host to a highly-important six-pointer in the battle for the promotional playoffs on Saturday afternoon. Middlesbrough will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 loss to Sheffield United in mid-.week’s tie at Bramall Lane. The loss saw them slide down to seventh place in the Championship ladder. Boro now sit just a single point behind the likes of Bristol City and Sheffield United, and a win here could be crucial in the playoffs contest.
The visitors have struggled badly for consistency lately, but they finally managed to end the dismal run by beating Birmingham City 3-1 on Tuesday evening. Marlon Pack, Bobby Reid and Matty Taylor notched goals for the Robins at Ashton Gate. The win left the team in the push for the promotion, but their destiny will highly depend on the outcome of this clash at Riverside.
We can expect Lee Johnston to park the bus against Boro given that Bristol City did not do very well on the final third in fixtures before the mentioned win over Birmingham City. He knows just how strong Boro are in front of the home fans where Middlesbrough won five out of last six games. The only defeat came to the runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Middlesbrough vs Bristol City: Head-to-head
Middlesbrough have the opportunity to make it all square at 14 wins apiece with a three-pointer here.
To do that, they’ll need to end the horrific five-loss streak in matches against the Robins.
Boro actually failed to find the back of the net at all in last four outings against Bristol City.
Middlesbrough vs Bristol City: Prediction
The main happenings are expected to take place at the center of the park. The six-pointer will hardly witness a host of goal-scoring chances which is why backing the low-scori8ng contest is the best of the betting options.
As for the outcome, we will go with Boro to win, respecting their impressive form in matches at Riverside.
Middlesbrough vs Bristol City: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.70
Middlesbrough to win @ 1.85