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20/02/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Riverside Stadium V Predicted Score:3 - 1

Away Hull City

Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Leadbitter to bag any time at 15/3. The Boro captain is the designated penalty taker but will also be a threat from free-kicks.

2 We fancy:

The home team to score over 2.5 goals at 7/2. With the race for the top six places hotting up, it could go down to goal difference and Boro must make the most of the occasion with sterner tests ahead.

3 It's a long shot, but…

There’s history when it comes to exciting encounters in this fixture, with a remarkable 4-2 win for the Tigers priced at 325/1.

Team News

Middlesbrough's Last Six:

Won 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

It’s been a mixed bag for Boro in recent weeks, but they still have an outside chance of a play-off place under the stewardship of veteran Tony Pulis. The ex-West Brom boss was a surprise appointment for the Teesside outfit, and the general belief was the Welshman would wait for a Premier League position to present itself.

The hosts are only four points off sixth spot and have Assombalonga, a proven goalscorer in the ranks, to keep them in contention until the end of the campaign.

Hull City's Last Six:

Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

Crisis-hit Hull are perilously close to the drop zone and need to put a run together if they’re to stay up. Nigel Adkins’ beleaguered troops were outplayed and outthought in the 4-0 FA Cup fifth round thrashing at the hands of Chelsea and must regroup.

Adkins is expected to be without top scorer Jarrod Bowen who joins Markus Henriksen, Stephen Kingsley, Abel Hernandez and Moses Odubajo on the sidelines ahead of six big matches in just under three weeks.

Middlesbrough vs Hull City Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium will host this Championship game against Hull

Boro’s late charge for a top six finish was dented in the recent 1-0 loss away at Cardiff City, but the next two fixtures offer the perfect opportunity to get back on track. Pulis’ side have two of the bottom four coming up over the next week and should aim for maximum points with Preston and Sheffield United also harbouring similar ambitions of breaking into the play-off places. For the visitors, the 2-0 victory away at Nottingham Forest ended a nine-game winless run in a season which has been one to forget from the off.

The Teessiders are predictably the favourites at 4/6 and in Pulis, have a coach who knows the division inside out. Boro can call on Rudy Gestede, Patrick Bamford and the experience of Stewart Downing to support leading marksman Assombalonga and this should be enough to clinch the three points on Tuesday night.

Hull are priced at 4/1 to record a morale-boosting victory and this could be the perfect tonic for a hectic fixture list that’s fast approaching. Will Keane will continue to lead the line in the absence of Hernandez and the goalscoring onus will fall at the feet of the former Manchester United youth player.

A draw is 5/2 but seems unlikely given the respective needs of both clubs. Boro will have far tougher tests as the term draws to a close while Hull, despite their position, have hit 42 goals, a figure higher than their opponents and second only in the bottom half of the division to Ipswich Town.

Assombalonga is 3/1 to open proceedings and add to his tally of 12 goals for the league season. The 25-year-old has had his injury problems but remains one of the Championship’s most deadly forwards when through on goal.

Fraizer Campbell is 9/1 to register last and will almost certainly feature, either alongside Keane or from the bench in the latter stages of the match. The former England international is unpredictable but a real live wire on his day.

Predicted Score: Middlesbrough 3 - 1 Hull City

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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.