Middlesbrough vs Cardiff
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Saturday, 21th October 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK/16:00 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium.
Middlesbrough faces a tough home challenge. The team plays current runner-ups Cardiff in an interesting encounter.
Boro drew against Barnsley last round. The game started with 3 goals till the first 10 minutes and Barnsley was the team in front. That’s was the half time score. In the second half Middlesbrough tried their best to level the score and did just that’s after 60 minutes when the usual suspect Assombalonga found the net.
Cardiff suffered a surprise defeat before the international break. They visited Birmingham and got back home empty handed. Although they put a lot of effort Birmingham were victorious. Che Adams scored the only goal after 19 minutes of play to deny Cardiff any points.
Form and Tactical Analysis
The hosts are winless in 4 games and have dropped to 11th position in the table. Both their last games finished in a 2-2 draws showing evident problems at the back. At home they have 3 victories, 2 draws and 1 defeat with 3 clean sheets. The defeat came against Norwich with the minimal 0-1.
Middlesbrough plays in a 4-4-2 formation with Britt Assombalonga being a constant in the striker role. The costly addition had though 3 different partners up front in the last 3 games.
Cardiff dropped their first place. The defeat against Birmingham and the draw against Derby enabled Wolves to surpass them. The evident difference was in terms of scoring goals as the team failed to do so in both games. Away from home Cardiff has 3 victories, 2 defeats and a draw failing to score in both their defeats.
Cardiff plays in a 4-5-1 formation with Zohore leading the line as lone striker. His efforts are supported by Laing and Hoilett on the wings which gives the team a lot of pace.
Middlesbrough vs Cardiff: Head to head
- Middlesbrough have the advantage in terms of direct clashes with 7 victories in the last 10 meetings. There are no draws which leaves 3 wins for Cardiff.
- At home Boro have won 4 and lost 1.
- Last time those teams played was in 15-16 season when Boro won their home game with 3-1 and lost the return fixture 1-0.
Middlesbrough vs Cardiff: Prediction
Cardiff are dropping some throttle currently but the team still has more than enough to pose a threat. Middlesbrough are not as convincing as they would like and will be hoping more not to lose than to win. Despite the recent high scoring draws Boro will be cautious against a side with Cardiffs ability. Low scoring game may be on the board here.
Middlesbrough vs Cardiff: Bet Tips
BTTS: NO for 1.82 with Unibet.
Under 2.5 goals for 1.68 with Pinnacle.
Draw for 3.50 with bet365.