Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace
English League Cup
Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).
Boro survived a tough Preston test in the third round of the competition when they advanced on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the regular time at Deepdale. Boro thus matched the last term run when they were stopped in the last 16 round by AFC Bournemouth. They will have to go past another top flight outfit for a place in the quarter-final this time around.
The Glaziers, who were also stopped at this stage of the competition last season, managed to bring a poor three-loss thread to an end on Sunday. They ended Arsenal’s 11-win streak across competitions by holding them to a 2-2 draw in the weekend’s clash at Selhurst Park. It was the Serbian midfielder Luka Milivojevic who notched a brace from the spot on the occasion.
Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace: Head-to-head
Crystal Palace lead the head to head tie by a single victory ahead of their 23rd meeting with Boro.
The Glaziers came on top in last three head to head matches which saw them bag seven goals in the process.
Palace, however, have a negative record in matches at Riverside where they won 3, drew 3 and lost 5 of 11.
Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace: Prediction
Boro lost just one of last 9 games in all competitions. They are genuine promotional challengers this time around as well after featuring the play-offs in the previous term of the Championship. Tony Pulis’ men sit third after 15 rounds of the competition in the Championship. They come into this off the back of two separate draws in the league against Rotherham and Derby County.
The draw looks to be the most likable of three outcomes here given both teams’ current form. You can alternatively back goals at both ends at the high-value 1.90 odds. The value is also with Boro not to lose at 1.66 on the home patch, given they lost just one last nine matches in all competitions.
Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.50 (5/2)
BTTS @ 1.90 (9/10).