Middlesbrough vs West Bromwich Albion Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Middlesbrough vs West Bromwich Albion Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Friday evening (19:45) fixture is live on Sky Sports and features two of the favourites in the promotion market. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Middlesbrough won their third consecutive league game last weekend as they beat Bristol City 2-0 at Ashton Gate. Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga got the goals in a game that the Teesiders marginally shaded but were flattered by a 2-0 scoreline. West Brom made it back-to-back league victories with a comprehensive 7-1 defeat of QPR at the Hawthorns. Jay Rodriguez (both penalties) and Matt Phillips grabbed a brace while Kieran Gibbs, Dwight Gayle and Hal Robson-Kanu got one each. The last time these two sides met in the 2016/17 Premier League season and both games ended all-square.  It continues a run that means the Black Country outfit are unbeaten in their last eight against the Teessiders.

Betting Tips and Predictions

It is hard to argue with the prices on offer here which have the hosts favourites but suggests that there is little to choose between the two sides. I would look to other markets to find the value. All four home goals Middlesbrough have scored this season have come in the first 25 minutes and they look capable of netting in the first-half against a West Brom side without a clean sheet this season in the league and who have conceded seven times. Take Middlesbrough to score in the first-half. Given the attacking talent the visitors have at their disposal also backing both to teams to score in the opening 45 minutes looks sensible.

Middlesbrough to score in the first-half

BOTH teams to score in the first-half

Middlesbrough saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Middlesbrough saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

West Bromwich Albion saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Middlesbrough

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Middlesbrough Form Guide

Middlesbrough Team Logo

Middlesbrough

Won

5

Draw

4

Lost

1
W A

25-09-2018

EFL Cup

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 5 - 6

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

29-09-2018

Championship

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

02-10-2018

Championship

Ipswich Town Team Logo Ipswich Town

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

L H

06-10-2018

Championship

Nottingham Forest Team Logo Nottingham Forest

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

19-10-2018

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

23-10-2018

Championship

Rotherham United Team Logo Rotherham United

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

27-10-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

31-10-2018

EFL Cup

Crystal Palace Team Logo Crystal Palace

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

03-11-2018

Championship

Stoke City Team Logo Stoke City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

10-11-2018

Championship

Wigan Athletic Team Logo Wigan Athletic

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

West Bromwich Albion Form Guide

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo

West Bromwich Albion

Won

4

Draw

2

Lost

4
W H

22-09-2018

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

25-09-2018

EFL Cup

Crystal Palace Team Logo Crystal Palace

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

29-09-2018

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

03-10-2018

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

06-10-2018

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 4 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

20-10-2018

Championship

Wigan Athletic Team Logo Wigan Athletic

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

24-10-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 1 - 4

(HT 0 - 2)

D H

27-10-2018

Championship

Blackburn Rovers Team Logo Blackburn Rovers

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

03-11-2018

Championship

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

10-11-2018

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 4 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

Middlesbrough Preview

Boro are unbeaten from their four fixtures with ten points which is a result of three wins and a draw on the opening day. They sit second in the Championship table while the expected goals data table has them down in sixth. At the Riverside Stadium, they have won both their league games this season and each of their last five in the regular season. In four of these the opposition have failed to find the back of the net. Martin Braithwaite has netted in three of four for the Teesiders this season while Britt Assombalonga has two. The last six Middlesbrough have scored in the league have come in the first-half.

Middlesbrough Team News

Rudy Gestede (ankle), Dimitrios Konstantopulos (unknown) and Harry Chapman (dislocated shoulder) are all expected to miss out.

West Bromwich Albion Preview

After a defeat and a draw in their opening two it is now back-to-back victories for West Brom. They are in seventh place in the table while the expected goals data suggests that they should be in fifth. Away from the Hawthorns, they have taken four points from their two league matches and have lost just one of their last five. Four of the five the Black Country outfit have netted on the road this season have come in the second-half. No side has scored more league goals this season than West Brom who have netted 13 times. Jay Rodriguez is their leading scorer with four while Matt Phillips has three and Hal Robson-Kanu has two.

West Bromwich Albion Team News

Craig Dawson (thigh) and Nacer Chadli (hamstring) continue to miss out.

Middlesbrough Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

West Bromwich Albion Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Middlesbrough vs West Bromwich Albion Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
23 GK Darren Randolph 188 98
20 CD Dael Fry 181 72
4 CD Daniel Ayala 190 81
24 CD Aden Flint 189 76
3 RM George Friend 188 83
19 CM Stewart Downing 180 64
8 CM Adam Clayton 175 75
16 CM Jonathan Howson 180 77
5 LM Ryan Shotton 191 85
10 CF Martin Braithwaite 179 77
9 CF Britt Assombalonga 177 76
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Sam Johnstone 193 85
5 CD Kyle Bartley 180 70
26 CD Ahmed Hegazy 194 95
24 CD Tosin Adarabioyo 189 78
3 RM Kieran Gibbs 178 70
8 CM Jake Livermore 180 76
11 CM Chris Brunt 185 84
15 AM Harvey Barnes 174 66
10 LM Matthew Phillips 183 75
16 CF Dwight Gayle 177 73
19 CF Jay Rodriguez 185 80