Middlesbrough supporters have not enjoyed the best start when it comes to receiving good news in their quest to gain promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-off final with Norwich.
An error in the printing of the tickets for the final has seen the club’s name spelt as ‘Middlesborough’, which certainly lessens the value of adding it to a memory box.
However, supporters exasperated that their piece of memorabilia includes incorrect information will surely get over their frustration if Middlesbrough win at Wembley.
The football traders at bwin find the two clubs pretty much inseparable, with Norwich 33/20 to triumph in the 90 minutes and Middlesbrough the smallest price point longer at 17/10.
Given the greater Premier League experience within the Norwich squad, it is understandable why they are slight favourites, while they have only been beaten three times in 22 matches since Alex Neil replaced Neil Adams as manager.
But Middlesbrough will be buoyed by having done the double over the Canaries during the regular season, beating an Adams-led Norwich 4-0 at home and then returning to Carrow Road to hand a Neil a rare 1-0 defeat.
Interestingly, Boro beat Brentford in exactly the same manner in their initial two Championship encounters, before defeating them on a further two occasions in the play-off semi-finals.
Maybe this is a good omen that they will collect another triumph over Norwich?
Much may come down to just how fit Patrick Bamford is after struggling with an ankle injury since the aforementioned 1-0 Norwich victory.
The Chelsea loanee has been passed fit, but so was Diego Costa before last year’s Champions League final and he didn’t manage 10 minutes.
With somewhere in the region of £100m riding on the game, the pressure on making a mistake is obviously intensified.
It is no real surprise that only one goal has been scored in normal time across the last two play-off finals and this came in the 90th minute.
Boro ended the season with the best defensive record in the second tier and champions Bournemouth were the only other side to concede fewer goals than Norwich.
This helps to enhance the appeal of under 1.5 goals being scored in the 90 minutes, which can be backed at 19/10.