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10/03/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Riverside Stadium V Predicted Score:2 - 0

Away Barnsley

Match Summary

1 Look out for:

A lack of goals. Both of these teams are in the Championship’s top seven for the fewest total goals this season, so this is likely to be a low scoring affair. Under 2.5 goals can be backed at 41/50.

2 We fancy:

A ‘no’ bet on both teams to score, at 31/40. The Riverside Stadium has seen both teams find the net just four times this season, which is the joint-fewest in the division.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Barnsley to win 2-0 at 35/1. The Tykes’ last away win was by that scoreline, and they need the points just as much as Middlesbrough do.

Team News

Middlesbrough's Last Six:

Won: 4 Drawn: 1 Lost: 1

Fabio and Rudy Gestede are out injured, but Grant Leadbitter is available to return after missing the win at Birmingham due to suspension.

Barnsley's Last Six:

Won: 1 Drawn: 2 Lost: 3

Adam Jackson and Matt Mills missed the 2-1 defeat at Cardiff on Tuesday night, and may not feature here either.

Middlesbrough vs Barnsley Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Middlesbrough have won their last three games at the Riverside

The home side go into the weekend in the final play-off spot, so will hope to beat fourth-bottom Barnsley to solidify their chances of staying there at the end of the season. The Tykes obviously need the points too, but the form book suggests they will be lucky to get them.

Middlesbrough are 3/5 to win, and have been doing very well since Tony Pulis took charge. Boro have been the fifth best team in the division since appointing the former Baggies boss, and have won their last three league matches at the Riverside Stadium.

Barnsley are available at 59/10. José Morais’ team have been very inconsistent recently, though two of their four league wins on the road in 2017/18 have come in their last six matches away from Oakwell.

The draw can be backed at 58/19. Only three teams in the Championship have drawn fewer home matches than Middlesbrough this season, and they have the joint-second best home defence in the division. It will be very tough for Barnsley to get anything here, and a draw doesn’t look likely in this match.

Britt Assombalonga is priced at 9/2 to score the first goal of the game, or 6/4 to net at some point. He is the top league scorer on either side this season, with 12 goals, and he scored when these sides drew 2-2 in October.

Tom Bradshaw is 18/5 to get on the score sheet, or 10/1 to open the scoring. The Barnsley forward has eight league goals in 2017/18, and like Assombalonga he scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Predicted Score: Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Barnsley

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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.