Burton Albion

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Pirelli Stadium

02/04/2018 | 3:00 pm

Middlesbrough

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Pirelli Stadium

02/04/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Rock bottom Burton Albion have seven games to secure their Championship status and need a positive result against promotion chasing Middlesbrough.

Last time: The Teesiders ran out 2-0 winners back in August thanks to a double from record signing Britt Assombalonga.

This time: Burton Albion are 16/5 to claim a priceless victory, with Boro at 5/6 and the draw is 13/5.

You might remember: Middlesbrough’s second-round League Cup win when the sides met in 2015. Burton took the lead through a George Friend own-goal before Christian Stuani struck in the second half to take the tie in to extra-time. The Uruguayan bagged again in the 110th minute to seal progress to the next round.

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Betting Tips and Predictions

Home form will be crucial for Burton to avoid relegation

The Brewers find themselves in the same predicament as last season and the threat of relegation looms large. In the 2016-17 campaign, Clough’s side earned two successes and two draws from their final seven battles and only stayed up by a solitary point. Fast forward a year and Burton probably need to better this sequence of results and aim for four or five victories to be absolutely certain.

Elsewhere, play-off hopefuls Boro are one of the form sides in the division despite last Saturday’s setback against Wolves. It took time for Pulis to get his ideas across but the Welshman has worked his customary magic touch in the second tier and the Teesiders look nicely poised for a return to the Premier League via a trip to Wembley.

Football predictions for this clash include Burton at 16/5 to seal a massive win and if this result materialised, there could be implications for both ends of the table. The Brewers would have to improve in every area of the pitch and even then, it may not be enough against a team with big ambitions.

Further Championship predictions for this duel highlight Middlesbrough at 5/6, and while there may be sterner tests on the horizon, Pulis is a canny operator who will ensure his men don’t take the fixture lightly and the Smoggies should ultimately chalk up another success.

The tie is 13/5 and if you like the look of this as part of your football predictions, it would need to be a low scoring game as Burton are amongst the league’s lowest goalscorers.

Veteran Lloyd Dyer is 12/1 to open proceedings and is the Brewers main attacking hope. The journeyman has performed well on a personal level and will look to use his presence to unsettle the Boro backline.

Patrick Bamford is 10/11 to net anytime and there is real value here. The 24-year-old has rediscovered his love for the game after various spells on loan and looks at home in the North East.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Middlesbrough to score their first goal within the first 10 minutes of play. This is 18/3 while further football betting predictions show the guests at 21/5 to win both halves of action.

2

We fancy:

Three or more goals after the break at 7/2, which could also aid the both teams to score predictions on this crucial contest.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

A Burton 3-0 victory is 132/2 in the football score predictions sector. Meanwhile, the both teams to score predictions offer is 5/6 and also appears doubtful.

Written by Nick Valerio

Nick Valerio is a football fanatic whose writing has appeared online and in print. A Manchester United and Roma fan, Nick names Francesco Totti as his idol and Fabio Grosso’s World Cup-winning penalty in 2006 as his favourite moment in sport.