Saturday’s match at the Riverside Stadium sees promotion-chasing Middlesbrough host a Bristol City side just three points and one place above the relegation zone.
Just one win in their last 11 games has left the Robins dangerously close to the bottom three. Their latest defeat came in the shape of a 2-0 loss at the hands of Watford, a result that took City’s goal difference to -29, the worst in the division.
Derek McInnes’ men also have the unenviable record of failing to score in 18 of their 38 games.
With Bristol City so out of form, it’s hardly surprising that they are huge outsiders at 9/2, with Boro odds-on for the win at 3/5. The draw is priced at 27/10.
Despite their lofty position, Middlesbrough are hardly free-scoring themselves, especially at home. Only Doncaster Rovers and Nottingham Forest have hit fewer goals in front of their own fans.
The hosts have struggled somewhat in recent weeks and a late equaliser from Bart Ogbeche against West Ham last time out prevented a third straight defeat for Tony Mowbray’s men.
They will be keen to return to winning ways at the weekend, especially with just two points separating them and Hull City in ninth place.
With both teams lacking as much firepower as their league rivals, you might be tempted to back under 2.5 goals in the game at 3/4.
However, with the home side likely to come out on top, a better bet would be for Middlesbrough to win with under 2.5 goals in the game at 5/2.
Punters who use their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on those odds would see a return of £87.50 if Boro win in that manner.
Alternatively, you can get odds of 21/4 for a repeat of the scoreline from the reverse fixture earlier in the season, where Boro ran out 1-0 winners.
Recommended bet: Middlesbrough to win a game of under 2.5 goals @ 5/2
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