Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Match Prediction

By Dean Carr

Liverpool host Middlesbrough at Anfield on 21/05/17 as Jurgen Klopp looks to guide his team into the Champions League. Liverpool were at their attacking best last time out, beating West Ham 4-0 away from home. Boro meanwhile signed off their season at home with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Southampton. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Jurgen Klopp’s side may have stumbled their way slightly to the finish line this season but regardless have the perfect opportunity to secure Champions League football here. Middlesbrough have nothing to play for and I’m expecting Liverpool to comfortably confirm their place amongst Europe’s elite for next season.

Liverpool HT - Liverpool FT - 8/13

Daniel Sturridge to score anytime - 5/6

Liverpool to score in both halves - 5/6

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AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Liverpool Form Guide

Liverpool Team Logo

Liverpool

Won

7

Draw

2

Lost

1
W H

01-04-2017

Premier League

Everton Team Logo Everton

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

D H

05-04-2017

Premier League

AFC Bournemouth Team Logo AFC Bournemouth

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

08-04-2017

Premier League

Stoke City Team Logo Stoke City

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

16-04-2017

Premier League

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

23-04-2017

Premier League

Crystal Palace Team Logo Crystal Palace

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

01-05-2017

Premier League

Watford Team Logo Watford

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

07-05-2017

Premier League

Southampton Team Logo Southampton

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

14-05-2017

Premier League

West Ham United Team Logo West Ham United

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

21-05-2017

Premier League

Middlesbrough Team Logo Middlesbrough

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

24-05-2017

Club Friendlies

Sydney FC Team Logo Sydney FC

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 3)

Middlesbrough Form Guide

Middlesbrough Team Logo

Middlesbrough

Won

1

Draw

3

Lost

6
D A

02-04-2017

Premier League

Swansea City Team Logo Swansea City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

05-04-2017

Premier League

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 4 - 2

(HT 3 - 2)

D H

08-04-2017

Premier League

Burnley Team Logo Burnley

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

17-04-2017

Premier League

Arsenal Team Logo Arsenal

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

22-04-2017

Premier League

AFC Bournemouth Team Logo AFC Bournemouth

FT 4 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

26-04-2017

Premier League

Sunderland Team Logo Sunderland

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

30-04-2017

Premier League

Manchester City Team Logo Manchester City

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

08-05-2017

Premier League

Chelsea Team Logo Chelsea

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L H

13-05-2017

Premier League

Southampton Team Logo Southampton

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

21-05-2017

Premier League

Liverpool Team Logo Liverpool

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Liverpool Preview

After a number of disappointing results in recent weeks, Liverpool pulled a big performance out of the bag at just the right time after destroying West Ham 4-0 last Sunday. Starting the game was crucial for the Reds and they went in ahead at the break after Philippe Coutinho released Daniel Sturridge, who clinically converted the chance. Coutinho then got on the scoresheet himself in the second half, firstly drilling the ball low from the edge of the box past Adrian before waltzing into the box and smashing the ball past two West Ham men on the line. Divock Origi tapped in from close range to seal an emphatic win for Jurgen Klopp’s side who now need just one win to secure Champions League football. Liverpool have finished in the top four on just one occasion since the 2009/10 season, and should they win this weekend would confirm their place in the competition for next term. They could hardly have picked a more appealing opponent to face, with Boro winning just once away all season, with that coming on the second day of the Premier League season. Although far from vintage in doing so, Liverpool have lost just one of their last eleven Premier League outings en route to setting themselves up with this excellent opportunity to finish in the top four.

Liverpool Team News

Jordan Henderson (foot) and Roberto Firmino (muscle) will both hope to shake off knocks to be involved here. Daniel Sturridge is set to retain his place up front after scoring last weekend. Sadio Mane and Danny Ings (both knee) are long-term absentees.

Jordan Henderson (foot) and Roberto Firmino (muscle) will both hope to shake off knocks to be involved here. Daniel Sturridge is set to retain his place up front after scoring last weekend. Sadio Mane and Danny Ings (both knee) are long-term absentees.

Middlesbrough Preview

Middlesbrough’s clash with Southampton last weekend, on the face of it, had a real end of season look about it and so was the case in the actual proceedings of the game. Boro came out sluggishly and were duelly punished towards the end of the first half as Jay Rodriguez’s smart finish from Shane Long’s cross gave the long-travelling Saints supporters something to cheer about. Some excellent one-touch football then saw Rodriguez find Nathan Redmond, who curled the ball beautifully past Brad Guzan to double the Saints’ advantage. Although Patrick Bamford’s header reduced the deficit, Saints held on to add to Middlesbrough’s disappointing campaign. For striker Bamford, he will be hoping next season can help revive his career, having entered the wilderness on-loan at three Premier League clubs since his successful loan spell at Boro in 2014/15. With just one victory in their last thirteen in all competitions - that coming against bottom of the table Sunderland - it’s hardly surprising to see Boro relegated after their dreadful end to the season. Steve Agnew now has one last chance to try and stake his claim for the Boro job on a permanent basis as his side look to upset Liverpool’s season.

Middlesbrough Team News

Victor Valdes (rib) and Gaston Ramirez (groin) are both doubtful for the away side through injury. However, Daniel Ayala (ankle) is in contention to feature against his former club while Patrick Bamford should continue in attack after netting last weekend.

Liverpool Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

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 Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.7

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

Head to Head
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Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
22 GK Simon Mignolet 193 87
7 RB James Milner 175 70
32 CD Joel Matip 195 90
6 CD Dejan Lovren 188 84
2 LB Nathaniel Clyne 175 67
20 CM Adam Lallana 172 73
10 CDM Philippe Coutinho 171 71
23 CDM Emre Can 184 82
5 CDM Georginio Wijnaldum 175 69
15 CF Daniel Sturridge 188 76
11 CF Roberto Firmino 181 76
No. Pos Player m kg
12 GK Brad Guzan 193 94
2 LB Fabio 172 65
6 CD Ben Gibson 185 78
25 CD Calum Chambers 182 66
3 RB George Friend 188 83
19 RM Stewart Downing 180 64
7 CM Grant Leadbitter 177 79
34 CM Adam Forshaw 185 71
20 LM Patrick Bamford 185 71
8 CDM Adam Clayton 175 75
29 CF Rudy Gestede 193 86