Middlesbrough sit two points outside the Championship play-off places and tonight’s home clash with Doncaster Rovers must surely result in three points if they are to have any chance of keeping their promotion bid alive.
Tony Mowbray’s men are rated as strong 9/25 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the draw available at odds of 7/2.
Donny, who were relegated in heart-breaking fashion on Saturday as Portsmouth scored twice in injury time to inflict a 4-3 defeat on them, are understandably long outsiders at 29/4.
In recent weeks, Boro fans have seen their side struggle in front of goal and ultimately struggle to pick up points along the way.
With Mowbray’s men scoring just eight goals in their last ten games – and only Nottingham Forest managing fewer than their 20 home strikes this term – taking 11/4 on there being under 1.5 goals at the Riverside Stadium this evening looks a great place to start.
Donny have not scored on their last five visits to Middlesbrough and have not left Teesside with all three points since 1952, so backing the home side to win either 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 at 29/20 is well worth consideration.
Middlesbrough defeated Rovers 3-1 on their visit to the Keepmoat Stadium earlier in the season and you can get 21/2 on a repeat scoreline in this one.
Alternatively, Mowbray’s boys can be backed at evens in the 0-1 handicap market – or in other words, to triumph by two goals or more on the night.
Dean Saunders’ side will presumably be feeling flat as a pancake after that defeat by Pompey and they have not won in their last ten outings, losing seven of their last eight .
On top of that, Donny have not scored on their last five visits to Middlesbrough and have not left Teesside with all three points since 1952, so backing the home side to win either 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 at 29/20 is well worth consideration.
In 19 games between these two sides there has only ever been one draw – a goalless affair back in 1902 – so backing Boro to get the job done without conceding looks the way to go here.
Boro to win and keep a clean sheet is priced at 23/20, but considering their impotency on their own patch, taking the better price of 29/20 is the preferred option.
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Recommended bet: Middlesbrough to beat Doncaster 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 @ 29/20
Outside punt: Under 1.5 goals in the game @ 11/4
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