Middlesbrough vs Leicester City
England Premier League.
Date: Monday, 2nd January 2017,
Kick-off at 12:30 UK.
Venue: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough were brilliant against Manchester United on New Year ’s Day and looked to have earned a vital 3-points. But the Red Devils left it late and a double strikes inside the space of 3 minutes helped them grab a 2-1 win.
For Aitor Karanka and his men, this was their fourth defeat in five games. Their home form might look slightly better as they picked up 3 wins from the last 5. Boro are currently 16th in the standings, while Leicester City are 15th at a 2 point gap.
Leicester City earned an all-important win against West Ham by a narrow 1-0 win. Despite the score line, it was a very open game with plenty of chances falling at each end of the goal. Claudio Ranieri will take it, while Bilic will lament the missed chances.
The Foxes haven’t won a match away from home this season. Their latest away match was at Stoke City in which they mount a late comeback to nullify a 2 goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw. This was only the second time they avoided a defeat on the road this season in 9 matches this season and the rest 7 were defeats.
Middlesbrough vs Leicester City: Head-to-head stats
Middlesbrough are win-less in their last 13 meetings against Leicester City. They were 7 draws and 6 Leicester wins during the period.
Leicester City are unbeaten in their last 6 visits to Riverside stadium. While Middlesbrough managed only one win in their last 10 home matches against Leicester, with the 5 draws and 4 defeats.
The first leg clash of this season at the King Power Stadium was a 2-2 draw.
Middlesbrough vs Leicester City: Prediction
This is a crucial fixture for both sides in their fight to distance themselves from the relegation zone. Both teams had a good game in the last round, despite ending up with opposite results. So it is very likely that this match will have the nature of a cup final.
Middlesbrough haven’t won against Leicester in a long time and this could be a confidence booster to the Foxes who are searching for their first away win of the season. So it will be a good pick to opt to go for a Leicester City win here, however this involves high risk.
Middlesbrough vs Leicester City: Bet Tips
Leicester City to win at 2.95 (21/11)
Both Teams to Score at 2.10 (11/10).