Kick Off: 1200, 19/03/2017
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
TV: BT Sport 1
Both Manchester United and Middlesbrough are on mirror image runs of form ahead of their clash at the Riverside.
Boro are winless in three months and with a 10-match record which reads W0 D4 L6, while United’s form looks much healthier at W6 D4 L0, although their unbeaten run actually stretches to 17 Premier League games.
Trueform tips: Manchester United have been ranked higher than Middlesbrough for each of their last five Premier League performances, despite held by Bournemouth, and finding value in a United victory appears to be the task for punters here.
A Look At Middlesbrough’s Betting Odds
Such has been Middlesbrough’s poor form in front of goal that both teams to score is priced at an interesting 13/10, but that market does not float our boat. Boro have failed to score in nearly half of their 27 league games and are without a goal in their last four.
The odds on Manchester United to beat Middlesbrough to nil are 6/5. That looks a good price bearing in mind the Red Devils have only failed to score in four matches this season.
Although United have scored before half-time in five of their last seven away games, they will be without suspended striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again and may have some tired legs in their ranks following Thursday’s Europa League tie, so we recommend the Draw HT/Manchester United FT market at 3/1.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Ibrahimovic has scored just over 38% of United’s Premier League goals this season, but if they are to beat Boro someone else must rise to the challenge.
Paul Pogba was harshly criticised for his display against Chelsea where United played for 65 minutes without central midfielder Ander Herrera, who was sent off for two yellow cards.
Pogba is in the top 10 for shots on target in the Premier League and scored in United’s 2-1 win against Boro earlier in the season. Pogba looks good value at 5/2 to score against Middlesbrough and add to his four goals this season.
Last domestic result:
MIDDLESBROUGH 0-2 Manchester City
Chelsea 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
Head-to-head: Manchester United 2-1 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 0-0 Manchester United (Boro won 3-1 on penalties)