Middlesbrough’s trip to Peterborough is a tempting tie for neutrals as two in-form Championship sides face-off for a berth in the Carling Cup third round.
Both teams won in the league at the weekend, Peterborough handing Ipswich a 7-1 thrashing and Boro picking up a good 3-1 victory over Birmingham.
That win was the fourth in a row in all competitions for Middlesbrough and many punters will be attracted to a price of 19/10 for Tony Mowbray’s side to make it five out of five with a win inside 90 minutes.
Three of those four wins have come away from home. With Middlesbrough within touching distance of the top of the Championship table, however, Mowbray faces a temptation to rest a few first-team players to help give the club an early head-start in the promotion stakes.
That temptation to rest players will be even stronger due to the fact that five first team squad members are nursing injuries, including key striker Scott McDonald.
Newly-promoted Peterborough are still in honeymoon mode and having steamrollered the Tractor Boys they are fantastic value at 13/10 to give the London Road faithful more reason to cheer with a 90 minutes cup win.
Those thinking a strong Middlesbrough side will prove an even match can back a draw at 9/4 that would send the game into extra-time.
Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough have scored over three goals per game on average this season, netting 16 in five matches. Punters can back them to fire three or more past Boro within 90 minutes for a very attractive 11/4.
Middlesbrough are sure to put in a sterner defensive effort than Ipswich’s woeful backline could manage on Saturday, but a punt on Peterborough to win inside 90 minutes with a 0-1 handicap at 3/1 could bring in some big winnings.
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