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03/02/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Carrow Road V Predicted Score:0 - 1

Away Middlesbrough

Match Summary

1 Look out for:

A drab first half but coming alive in the second. We all know Tony Pulis is a defence minded coach and that is not a bad thing, but after a mid-week tie, expect the Boro boss to be ultra conservative against a Canaries side who have only scored 15 times at home this season.

For the game to be 0-0 at half time is 6/4 and with both sets of managers likely to set up with an over reliance on the back line, do not be surprised to see an opening 45 minutes of few attacking options.

2 We fancy:

The draw or Middlesbrough bet is at 1/3 and although shorter than we would normally go for, it does offer security and a reasonable return.

As already mentioned, Norwich’s Achilles heel is playing in front of their home fans and with Middlesbrough pushing for the playoffs, expect Boro to be one’s going harder for the game with Norwich happy to settle for a point.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Middlesbrough to score over 3.5 goals is 22/1 but despite that, they have managed to score four goals twice in a game against Norwich in the last seven matches.

Admittedly one of those times was at the Riverside, but they managed four in that draw back in 2005 and if you are looking for a long shot trend, then this is it.

Team News

Norwich City's Last Six:

Norwich City’s last six: Won: 3 Drawn: 2 Lost: 1

Head coach Farke has midfielder Louis Thompson out for the remainder of the season with an achilles tendon injury.

New signings Onel Hernández from Eintracht Braunschweig and Dennis Srbeny from SC Paderborn 07 look set to play at least a cameo role at the weekend.

Middlesbrough's Last Six:

Middlesbrough’s last six: Won: 3 Drawn: 1 Lost: 2

Tony Pulis has a fully fit squad to choose from and has to decide whether to stick to the side that drew 0-0 at home against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night or freshen things up.

If Pulis does mix it up, it is likely new loan signing Jack Harrison will feature after joining Manchester City from New York City and then heading straight to Boro on loan for the remainder of the season.

Norwich City vs Middlesbrough Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Norwich have won two, lost two and drawn one of their last five games at Carrow Road

Both sides will be harbouring a second half push for promotion with the playoffs not out of the equation. Boro are closer, sitting just three points behind Fulham who hold that coveted sixth place. Norwich have been struggling for consistency of late but come into the game with the fresher legs after not having kicked a ball in anger since Saturday. Tony Pulis’s Middlesbrough may have the more jaded legs but will be targeting a repeat of the three points they collected the last time they travelled to Norfolk in what promises to be an entertaining affair.

Norwich City are 9/20 to win and despite sitting in the relatively safe position of 13th in the league, that is largely thanks to their away form with notable struggles at Carrow Road. In fact, the Canaries sit 20th in the home form table with just four home wins in fourteen championship games. However, the Canaries do come into the game after picking up a win away at Brentford meaning confidence is high.

Middlesbrough are 9/5 to win and that represents a great price, especially when you consider that Boro have scored the third highest amount of goals on the road this season with 23. Having also collected 21 points away from the Riverside this season, confidence is well breed in the squad under Tony Pulis and another three points could well be on the cards.

The draw is 23/10 and one could be forgiving for thinking that neither manager would be too disappointed if that was the outcome. However, there has not been a draw between the two since 2011 and with much on the line, perhaps a draw is the least likely outcome.

At least one side to fail to score in the game is at 4/5 and based on recent head to heads, that is exactly the way this game is headed. In the last four games, the winner has kept a clean sheet with Norwich and Boro both claiming two wins a piece. With Norwich’s poor home form and Middlesbrough playing with a tightened defence, a clean sheet in the game is seemingly a certainty.

Under 2.5 goals in the game is at 8/13 and based on current form, that is a great bet to take. In the last two games apiece in all competitions, Boro have failed to score and Norwich have scored just twice. The game may be entertaining but more for its defensive display rather than its goal mouth action.

Predicted Score: Norwich City 0 - 1 Middlesbrough

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!