Kick-off: 1330, 08/08/2021
Stadium: Craven Cottage
TV: Sky Sports
Fulham are favourites for promotion from the Championship but Middlesbrough are no mugs either and a close contest could be on the cards at Craven Cottage.
The hosts ended last season with a miserable run of Premier League results and have plenty to prove here, despite an obvious drop in class.
We think 23/10 for a draw is the value option for our first Fulham vs Middlesbrough prediction.
A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds
Fulham will be heavily backed to maintain their ‘yo-yo’ tag after two promotions to the top flight and two relegations in the last four years.
Former Everton and Watford boss Marco Silva has inherited a squad dotted with quality and another £40million-plus in parachute payments leaves them in a strong position.
The Cottagers have signed Liverpool attacking midfielder Harry Wilson for £12m and former Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, with more reinforcements expected.
However, they ended last term by picking up only two points from 10 Premier League games – with just five goals scored.
This fixture is traditionally tight, with only four successful strikes in as many head-to-head meetings.
Looking at the 21/10 for under 1.5 goals to be netted in this match is tempting.
A Look At Middlesbrough’s Betting Odds
Middlesbrough flirted with making the play-offs during Neil Warnock’s debut season in charge but won just two of their closing nine matches to slip down to 10th.
Warnock’s past record of getting teams up has to warrant respect, though, and some key additions to his squad also catch the eye.
Summer signings Uche Ikpeazu, Sammy Ameobi and Matt Crooks should play big roles as the 72-year-old chases a record-extending ninth promotion.
Improving on last term’s poor away form is crucial and this is a fixture where Warnock can set his stall out to be hard to beat.
Let’s add 33/20 for the score to be 0-0 at half-time to our Fulham vs Middlesbrough betting tips.
FULHAM 0-2 Newcastle
MIDDLESBROUGH 0-3 Wycombe
Head-to-head: Fulham 1-0 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 0-0 Fulham, Middlesbrough 0-1 Fulham, Fulham 1-1 Middlesbrough
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