Middlesbrough vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Middlesbrough vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Friday early evening (17:30) game is live on SKY TV and will have important implications on the promotion race.  Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Middlesbrough stretched their unbeaten run to six game last time out as they battled out a 1-1 draw with Brentford.  Adama Traore got their only goal in a match that the expected goals data suggests they were lucky to get anything from.

Wolves made it back-to-back victories with a 3-1 home defeat of Burton in their last fixture.  Benik Afobe was the star of the show as he grabbed a brace while Helder Costa also netted once.

The reverse fixture came on the opening day of the season and the Midlands outfit won that 1-0 thanks to a Leo Bonatini effort.  It ended a run of four straight victories for the Teesiders in head-to-head battles.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

I think Middlesbrough in the draw no bet market looks the way to play this as Wolves have lost on the road to both Fulham and Villa recently.  Boro meanwhile have won four straight at home and seem to be finding life under Tony Pulis.

Four of the last six for the Teesiders and seven of the last nine for Wanderers have gone over 2.5 goals so I am surprised to see this as the outsider of the two options and recommend taking it.

 

Middlesbrough draw no bet

Over 2.5 goals in this game

 

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

Middlesbrough saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers saw over 1.5 goals in 9 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)

Wolverhampton Wanderers Form Guide

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Won

4

Draw

2

Lost

4
W A

01-09-2018

Premier League

West Ham United Team Logo West Ham United

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

16-09-2018

Premier League

Burnley Team Logo Burnley

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

22-09-2018

Premier League

Manchester United Team Logo Manchester United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

25-09-2018

EFL Cup

Leicester City Team Logo Leicester City

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

29-09-2018

Premier League

Southampton Team Logo Southampton

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

06-10-2018

Premier League

Crystal Palace Team Logo Crystal Palace

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

20-10-2018

Premier League

Watford Team Logo Watford

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

L A

27-10-2018

Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion Team Logo Brighton & Hove Albion

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

03-11-2018

Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur Team Logo Tottenham Hotspur

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

11-11-2018

Premier League

Arsenal Team Logo Arsenal

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

Middlesbrough Preview

Four victories and two draws from their last six has moved Boro into the top six though with the chasing pack hot on their heels they cannot rest up.  They are among five sides from fifth down to ninth who are separated by just two points in a tight race.

At the Riverside Stadium, they have won each of their last four with two of these being by the same 3-1 scoreline.  Patrick Bamford has netted four times in his last three in front of his own fans.

Four of the last seven and five of the last eight Middlesbrough Championship fixtures have seen both teams find the back of the net.  Around 58% of their goals have come in the second-half with 41% in the final 30 minutes.

 

Middlesbrough Team News

Jack Harrison (abdominal injury) and Fabio (thigh) are doubts while Rudy Gestede (broken ankle) is unlikely to play again this season

Wolverhampton Wanderers Preview

The Black Country outfit have won their last two and three of their last four to ease some nerves after a run of three without a victory.  They are six points clear at the top (though have played a game more than Cardiff) and are 13 ahead of Fulham in third having played the same amount.

Away from Molineux, they have won just one of their last four going down to defeats at Fulham and Villa.  On just four occasions this season have they failed to net on the road in the Championship.

Each of the last four and seven of the last nine that Wolves have played have gone over 2.5 goals.  Benik Afobe is in good goalscoring form with four goals from his last four league appearances.

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News

Diogo Jota (ankle), Bright Enobakhare (unknown), Joe Mason (stomach) and Phil Ofosu-Ayeh (ankle) are doubts.  Carl Ikeme is a long-term absentee as he continues his fight against Leukemia.

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

Wolverhampton Wanderers Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.9

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 Wolverhampton Wanderers Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Darren Randolph 188 98
4 CD Daniel Ayala 190 81
5 LB Ryan Shotton 191 85
6 CD Ben Gibson 185 78
3 RB George Friend 188 83
7 CM Grant Leadbitter 177 79
27 CM Muhamed Besic 180 75
8 CM Adam Clayton 175 75
19 RF Stewart Downing 180 64
37 LF Adama Traore 178 72
11 CF Patrick Bamford 185 71
No. Pos Player M kg
21 GK John Ruddy 193 97
5 CD Ryan Bennett 188 70
15 CD Willy Boly 191 81
16 CD Conor Coady 185 75
3 RM Barry Douglas 178 64
8 CM Ruben Neves 180 80
27 CM Romain Saiss 190 76
2 LM Matt Doherty 185 75
7 RF Ivan Cavaleiro 175 68
19 CF Benik Afobe 183 79
17 LF Helder Costa 178 73