This is a Championship preview where the result is very tough to call. Both sides are seventh in the form table for home and away matches respectively, with three wins, a draw and two defeats in their last six. Football prediction is a tough business, but here are some football betting tips for the weekend for you.
Brentford are 6/4 to win, but they have only won one of their last four league matches at Griffin Park. However, they have only lost three times on their own patch, and just four sides in the Championship have lost fewer games at home in 2017/18.
Middlesbrough are available at 36/17. They have coincidentally only won one of their last four games on the road, and that was at relegation-threatened Birmingham City. Only four teams in the division have won more away matches than they have this season though, and Middlesbrough have only conceded seven goals in six away games under Tony Pulis.
The draw is priced at 12/5, and with both teams having similar records, it might be the way to go with your bet. They have each lost 12 league games in 2017/18, so Boro are eight points ahead due to converting four draws into wins. Brentford have drawn eight games at home, which is the joint-most in the Championship this season.
Ollie Watkins is 9/1 to open the scoring, or 33/10 to bag a goal at some point. The attacking midfielder is the Bees’ top scorer, with 10 Championship goals this season. He has scored three goals in his last five appearances, so is in decent form at present, and scored when these sides drew 2-2 earlier in the campaign.
Britt Assombalonga is 11/5 to add his name to the scoresheet, or 13/2 to get the opener. With 12 league goals, he is the top scorer on either side. Six of his goals have come on the road, but he hasn’t scored away from the Riverside since November.
Championship predictions are never straightforward, but this has the feeling of a tight match which may end in a stalemate.
Predicted Score: Brentford 1 - 1 Middlesbrough
Look out for:
A high card count. Football predictions are always aided by a little research, and these sides have amassed 35 bookings in the last six meetings so expect more of the same here.
Under 2.5 goals, at 4/5. Both sides have seen three goals in less than half of their Championship matches this season, and Tony Pulis sides never give much away. One of our best football betting tips is that this is likely to be a low-scoring affair.
It's a long shot, but:
Brentford to win 3-0, at 28/1. Football score predictions are always tricky to get right, but the Bees’ last three league wins at home have been achieved with a clean sheet and an average of three goals scored, so perhaps that will happen again in this match.
Written by Andrew Beasley
Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.