Arsenal 0-0 MIDDLESBROUGH
BOURNEMOUTH 0-0 Tottenham
Kick-off: 15:00, 29/10/16
Stadium: The Riverside Stadium
Head-to-head: (Most recent first) Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 0-0 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 0-0 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 3-3 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 1-2 Middlesbrough
Injuries and Suspensions
Out – Grant Leadbitter
Doubt – None
Out – Lewis Cook, Brad Smith, Mark Pugh
Doubt – Andrew Surman, Junior Stanislas
- Bournemouth haven’t won away against a team still in the Premier League since February
- Four matches without a home win is Aitor Karanka’s worst run at HQ in charge of Boro
- The visitors have never won on Teesside in eight attempts
- Either team to win by a one goal margin @ 5/4
- More goals in the second half @ 23/20
- Both teams to score @ 9/10
A Look at Middlesbrough’s Betting Odds:
Middlesbrough produced their best performance of the season so far to record a well-earned point at Arsenal last time out, but goal difference is still all that separates them from the relegation zone. Victory over Bournemouth is a must, with the bookies attributing odds of 8/5 about the Teessiders prevailing.
If they are to overcome Eddie Howe’s troops, they’re likely to rely on another resolute defensive display, having failed to score more than one in nine of their ten matches this term. It’s a stat that adds value to odds of 21/50 about the hosts scoring fewer than 1.5 goals here.
Elsewhere, Boro’s previous three home games were decided by one goal and it’s 5/4 about either side claiming the spoils by the slenderest of margins for the fourth successive Riverside outing.
A Look at Bournemouth’s Betting Odds:
Odds of 7/4 make the Cherries slight favourites to win their third game in five, but having avoided defeat in their last four, their 9/20 to win or draw in the double-chance stakes must appeal.
They’re yet to win a Premier League game on the road this season, nor have they kept a clean sheet, so both teams to score must be considered a decent bet at odds of 9/10.
Backing more goals in the second half rates as a good bet too given that six of the eight top-flight strikes Bournemouth have conceded on their travels this term came after the interval. It’s 23/20 that the second 45 sees the net bulge most often in this bout.