Tony Mowbray’s Middlesbrough are 7/10 favourites to pick up three vital points when they welcome Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Riverside club have been on something of a slide lately, not having won a Championship game since Boxing Day.
However, their visitors this weekend are also winless in the league in 2012, so something has to give on Teesside (unless it’s a draw, but don’t be so negative).
Mowbray’s charges were so close to that elusive win at Leicester on Wednesday, only to be denied by a late Jermaine Beckford equaliser.
Not to be outdone, Palace also helped themselves to a midweek stalemate, drawing 1-1 at home to bitter rivals Brighton in a tale of two penalties.
The possibility of the draw at the Riverside cannot be overlooked, with both teams drawing two and losing two of their last four outings.
And with Boro drawing half of their 14 home games so far this season, the 12/5 on offer for this to be number eight of the campaign is quite a temptation.
However, as Dougie Freedman’s men have not drawn a single away game in the league, picking a winner here may be your best bet.
On the away side, you have the argument that Palace have already beaten their north-east opponents this season, winning 2-1 in the League Cup at Selhurst Park. They have also registered a none-too-shabby six wins out of their 14 away trips in the league this season.
With Boro missing striker Scott McDonald, who picked up a knee injury against Leicester, the 15th-placed team in the Championship are not to be ignored at 4/1 to win, with the impressive Wilfried Zaha sure to be a thorn in Boro’s side.
The home side deserve their favouritism, though, when you consider they lie ten places above their opponents in the table and their three top scorers (Marvin Emnes – 11, McDonald – nine and Barry Robson – eight) have all scored more than Palace’s head marksman Glenn Murray (six).
They also ran out winners in the reverse fixture last September and you can back Boro to grab their first victory of the year by placing the free £25 bet you receive when you sign up for a bwin account on them.
Using the stake on a 2-0 home win, which is available at odds of 13/2, could bag you a smooth £187.50 if that particular result materialises.
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