Middlesbrough vs Preston
Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).
Middlesbrough seriously compromised their top-six finish by claiming just one point in past two league outings against the likes of Wigan Athletic and Brentford. Boro suffered an unexpected and highly disappointing 1-2 defeat to the Bees on Saturday afternoon. They now sit fifth, but only four points above seventh-placed Bristol City.
This is definitely not the kind of form you want to have coming face to face with flying-high Preston North End in the mid-week round. The visitors will head into the match as heavy form favourites following a run of four wins and two draws in last six league affairs. They are unbeaten in past ten Championship outings and they as many as five on the spin away from home in the division.
Middlesbrough vs Preston: Head-to-head
Boro can rely on the head to head tradition which speaks in their favour.
Middlesbrough lead the H2H tie by nine wins coming into 64th meeting with the Lilywhites.
Boro won three and drew two of last five encounters with Preston North End.
Both teams scored in each of last three head to head ties, including this term’s 1-1 draw at Deepdale.
Middlesbrough vs Preston: Prediction
The superb run of form climbed Preston up to 10th position in the league standings. They are now only four points shy of the play-offs spots. Can they keep it up and take advantage of the momentum to claim sixth consecutive victory on the road against out-of-form Middlesbrough?
The value is great with the Lilywhites not to lose at the odds of 1.72. Alex Neil’s troops were super tough to break down lately conceding just four goals in last eight matches in the league. Middlesbrough scored just four in past five league games and only one in past two.
We thus have to go with Preston to keep a clean sheet at the sky-high 3.40 odds as an alternative betting option. More conservative punters can back the Under 2.5 goals FT pick as a much safer option at 1.53.
Middlesbrough vs Preston: Bet Tips
Preston or Draw @ 1.72 (8/11)
Preston to keep a clean sheet @ 3.40 (12/5).