Tottenham vs Middlesbrough
England – FA Cup
Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Kick-off at 20:05 UK/ 21:05 CET
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London).
There’s really no way that Jose Mourinho would allow his new team to be eliminated from the FA Cup, their last remaining realistic hope for silverware, by a team from the second-tier Championship.
Tottenham vs Middlesbrough Head-to-head (h2h)
- It’s been 12 years since Middlesbrough have won against this opponent.
- The Spurs have never failed to score in a meeting since 2005.
- Spurs won six of the previous seven encounters at their home.
- Middlesbrough have scored a total of just three goals from their prior nine visits to the Spurs’ homeground.
Tottenham vs Middlesbrough Prediction
Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw the in the reverse fixture, by Middlesbrough, which have brought us to this replay.
Taking advantage of their home status, Middlesbrough found the back of the net first in the early stages of the second half. Spurs did equalize ten minutes later, but they were not allowed to find another goal, and thus the match ended with either team having scored a goal apiece.
This Tuesday though, Tottenham will not let anything stand in their path to get to the fourth round. They are out of the Carabao Cup, are practically out of contention for the PL title, and do not hold much hope for the CL trophy as well.
Suffice it to say, the FA Cup remains their last remaining hope for a medal this season, and at any cost, Jose Mourinho will protect that interest. Under no circumstance will he accept the humiliation of being booted out by a team from a lower league.
To further fuel the fire, the Spurs also have the home advantage.
In addition, Tottenham have overwhelmingly dominated this opponent over the years. In fact, the last they lost against Middlesbrough was back in 2008, and the last the Spurs lost an h2h encounter at home was back in 2002.
Furthermore, Tottenham are on a 12-match scoring streak against this rival, while they themselves have conceded just three goals in total from the prior nine h2h meetings at home.
Moreover, Jose Mourinho’s men have lost just thrice at home since August of last year, and these defeats had come against Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and Chelsea. Compared to the likes of these, Middlesbrough are in fact, no challenge at all.
Additionally, and importantly, this whole season, Middlesbrough have managed to record a total of just two wins on the road.
Considering all these observations, it’s expected that Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, with aid of their exposure, experience, home advantage, and superiority in h2h clashes, will deliver a convincing win this Tuesday.
Tottenham vs Middlesbrough Betting Tips
Half Time Result: Tottenham to Win @ 1.60 (3/5)
Tottenham to Score in First Half @ 1.40 (2/5).