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22/09/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Riverside Stadium V Predicted Score:1 - 0

Away Swansea

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Match Summary

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Defences on top. Middlesborough and Swansea have conceded the first and second fewest goals in the league this season, which should come as little surprise given Boro’s manager. Whether either side is willing to risk their defensive solidarity to score will play a major factor in who wins. 

4/6 Under 2.5 goals
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One to Watch: Martin Braithwaite

The Danish winger has been at the centre of some controversy over the last month after he was reportedly denied a request to move away from Middlesborough just before the window closed. Braithwaite was dropped from the starting line-up against Norwich, and his absence was noticed with Boro failing to score. 

Braithwaite has arguably been Tony Pulis’ best offensive player so far this season and is the club’s top scorer, so it will be interesting to see if he will play this weekend. 

7/4 Braithwaite to score anytime
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Team News

Middlesbrough's Last Six:
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Rudy Gestede is nearing a return having resumed training following three months out. Fellow forward Jordan Hugill may be in line for a start on Saturday, with the forward having made a substitute appearance in the defeat to Norwich. 

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Courtney Baker-Richardson serves the final game of his three-match ban, although he will be unlikely to replace Oliver McBurnie, who has made the forward role his own in Wilfred Bony’s absence. Midfielder Leroy Fer remains sidelined though injury. 

Middlesbrough vs Swansea Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Middlesbrough welcome Swansea to the Riverside for this weekend’s Championship fixture

Swansea travel to Middlesborough hoping to turn their poor run of form around. The hosts lost their first game of the season last weekend, and will want to prove their superiority against the Swans. 

Middlesborough are 4/5 to win and will be keen to do so in order to keep up with Bristol City and Brentford, with whom they are tied on 14 points. Pulis will be keen to reintroduce Braithwaite, who provides the offensive impetus to compliment Boro’s defensive organisation. 

Swansea are 10/3 to win on Saturday, having done so just once in their last six games. However,  a strong start to the season gave Graham Potter’s side some slack, meaning that they find themselves in sixth place – just two points below their weekend opponents. If the Welsh side want to reclaim their Premier League status they need to start by proving themselves against the very best teams in the Championship, and Middlesborough are certainly in that bracket this year. 

Britt Assombalonga is 4/1 to score first, and was in inspired form last season finishing on 15 goals. The Congo striker has only managed two so far this year, and Pulis will need his man to start scoring if Middlesborough are to launch another promotion challenge. 

Oliver McBurnie is  13/2 to be the first goalscorer and is joint-third top scorer in the Championship at the moment. The 22-year-old was expecting no more than a bit part role, but with Bony still a way off returning from injury, the Scotsman is likely to be Potter’s first choice until January. 

Predicted Score: Middlesbrough 1 - 0 Swansea

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Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.