If the old saying ‘the league table never lies’ is one that you stand by, Saturday’s clash between Bristol City and Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate should be a walk in the park for the visitors.
Tony Mowbray’s side occupy fourth place in the Championship table, while City are way down in 20th spot, so it would seem to be a no brainer to back Boro to claim a victory, which bwin has priced at football betting odds of 29/20.
However, since Derek McInnes has taken charge of the Robins, they have been flying high and are unbeaten in their last six league fixtures.
This superb turnaround has brought 14 points from a possible 18 and sees them rivalling the leaders in the current form table.
In contrast to this, Middlesbrough have lost four of their last six Championship games, which sees them positioned a lowly 15th in the form table.
Despite their poor run in recent weeks, Boro have fared well on their travels thus far this campaign, winning five out of their nine matches on the road.
A realistic scoreline is a 2-1 victory for the home side, considering three out of their five victories in the Championship have ended this way. Bwin is offering 19/2 on this outcome.
On top of this, the team from the Riverside will certainly have no fear when they visit Ashton Gate. Last season saw them record an emphatic 4-0 victory as they strived for a play-off spot with a late push.
Unfortunately it was not to be for Boro on that occasion, but this year sees them in a healthier position and they will be looking to get their campaign back on track with a victory on Saturday.
For punters who love a bit of value, how about a repeat of last season’s scoreline? I would not advise it personally, but for those of you who look for the ‘crazy’ prices, a 4-0 result in favour of Middlesbrough is available at odds of 66/1.
A more realistic scoreline is a 2-1 victory for the home side, considering three out of their five victories in the Championship have ended this way.
Bwin is offering 19/2 on this outcome, and punters who place the free £25 bet they receive for joining bwin.com on it would pick up winnings of £262.50 if successful.
On Tuesday night, Bristol City were involved in a 2-2 draw at Watford, and if punters fancy another stalemate on Saturday, it can be backed at 11/5.
Having gone so long without seeing their side win at home, the Bristol City fans must be rejoicing at their recent run of results.
A victory against Burnley had the Robins singing, but even the most ardent of supporters would not have expected to be celebrating when table toppers Southampton paid them a visit last Saturday.
However, despite the Saints arriving on an eight-game unbeaten run, City were not fazed and bossed Nigel Adkins’ side from the first whistle to the last.
If McInnes’s men bring that kind of form to the pitch again, then Middlesbrough will be in for a tough afternoon and due to the resurgence of Bristol City on their own patch, they look great value to overturn Boro.
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