Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace: Preview and Prediction

Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace
English Premier League.
Date: Saturday, 10 September, 2016,
Kick-off: 15:00 UK
Venue: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.

Aitor Karanka will be happy with the start that Middlesbrough has made in their return back to the English Premier League. They are unbeaten with a win and two draws from their three matches, confidence will be high when they welcome Crystal Palace on Saturday.

While Crystal Palace are yet to register a win in this season and it seems like they are yet to overturn the bad run that started in the beginning of calendar year 2016. The pressure is immense on Alan Pardew and the players as they last win on the road can be dated back to December 2015.

Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace: Head-to-Head Statistics

The previous meeting between Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace can be dated back to the 2012/13 Championship season. The two sides spend together in the Championship from 2009 until Crystal Palace earned their promotion to Premier League at the end of 2013 season.

In the 8 meetings during the period, they share 3 wins between them with 2 matches seeing draws. While Middlesbrough are unbeaten in the last four meetings at home against Palace with 2 wins and 2 draws. Their last encounter at the Riverside Stadium was on August 2012, which end in a 2-0 win for the home side.

Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace: Prediction

Middlesbrough have certainly got their tails up at the moment and the brilliant start to the season is more than expected. They are coming on the back of a 10 matches unbeaten run at home in competitive matches and their last defeat at Riverside was on January 2016.

While Crystal Palace are not in any kind of form and it will be quite hard for Alan Pardew to motivate his side. With a poor overall away record in the Premier League and a four match win-less run at the Riverside Stadium, their chances of avoiding a defeat on Saturday is pretty slim.

The home side are huge favourites here and bookies have priced them at a 2.20 to earn a win on Saturday. This is a bet that must be grabbed before the odds start slashing.

Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace: Betting Tips

Middlesbrough to win at 6/5 (2.20).
Total Match Goals, Over 1.5 goals at 4/9 (1.44).