Middlesbrough look to have finally found their feet under Tony Mowbray and can build on their impressive start to the season with victory at Barnsley at football betting odds of 27/20.
Giving up home advantage won’t bother the Teesside outfit, whose 3-0 League Cup win at Walsall in midweek was a prelude to a 1-0 triumph at Leeds on Saturday.
Barnsley, meanwhile, have failed to win or even score in three games this term, including a disappointing defeat at the hands of League Two Morecambe, though they did come out on top in this fixture almost a year ago.
Both scorers in the 2-0 win that day have since left the Yorkshire outfit and neither club now has the same manager they did last August.
While Mowbray has vast experience managing at this level, former Rochdale boss Keith Hill is an unknown quantity. His side, who are priced at 19/10 to get the win, are very much in a transitional period, much like the Boro side that drew with Barnsley at the Riverside Stadium in April. The draw is available at 11/5 if you fancy a repeat of that.
The Tykes’ lack of cutting edge has been evident this campaign, and the loss of inspirational captain Jason Shackell has led to worries in the defensive department too. Their backline will need to be at its very best to keep the country’s top scorer Marvin Emnes quiet.
The Dutch striker has smashed five goals in just three games, including a hat-trick at Walsall, and the winner at Elland Road over the weekend.
I can see Emnes picking up where he left off, and the positive tactics Middlesbrough employ, even away from home, make them look an appealing bet at 7/2 to win giving up a one-goal handicap to the hosts.
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