Report: Middlesbrough 0-1 Bristol City
Posted: Saturday, August 22nd 2015
Thursday, January 14th 2016
As runaway Championship leaders Middlesbrough get set to face Bristol City, some may be excused for thinking City may have to pull off a David v Goliath-like performance for all three points on Saturday.
Boro start as 10/11 favourites, whilst the draw is available at 5/2. Despite having home advantage City are relative long-shots at 7/2.
City represent value in a number of the betting markets, and could cause the Championship favourites some problems at Ashton Gate, especially when considering their 1-0 victory at the Riverside back in August. Whilst many may think that a team struggling for form beating the league leaders would be like hitting a jackpot on an online pokies game at Pokies Palace or winning the lottery, the Championship is widely regarded as a division where anyone can beat anyone.
Middlesbrough’s march to the top of the table has been predominantly based around their imperious form in front of their own fans. Ten wins from just 13 games, means they are statistically the strongest home team in the Championship.
Away from home Aitor Karanka’s men have been a little less convincing. Boro have picked up three points in seven of 12 fixtures, but have failed to demolish teams on the road, and this makes Bristol City an attractive proposition on the handicap market.
In recent weeks City have managed to shore up their defence at home. The Robins have only conceded seven goals in the last six games at Ashton Gate, whilst Middlesbrough have won just two of the last seven games by two or more goals. City once again lost by a single goal margin in midweek when they were defeated by Preston, in a game in which manager Cotterill admitted his players looked tired.
Back Bristol City +2 goals at 3/10, and Middlesbrough to score under two goals at ODDS.
Whilst a resounding victory for either team may not be on the cards, both sides do look likely to hit the back of the net.
Both teams have scored in 69% of fixtures at Ashton Gate this season. BTTS is available at a generously priced 21/20. Get all the latest odds from onlinebettingking.co.uk
Bristol City +2 -3/10
Both teams to score – 21/20