Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Play-Off 2nd Leg Betting Preview | 15th May

Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Play-Off 2nd Leg Betting Preview 15th May

In our Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for Tuesday night’s play-off semi-final 2nd leg.

 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Play-Off 2nd Leg Betting Preview

Date: 15/5/18

Time: 19:45

Stadium: Villa Park

Channel: Sky Sports

Aston Villa entertain Middlesbrough in a crucial Championship play-off second leg at Villa Park. Villa were 1-0 victors on Saturday night and hold a slender advantage after a first half header from Mile Jedinak.

Middlesbrough were poor in the first leg and barely threatened the Villa goal. Adama Traore was their only threat but he was nullified by Alan Hutton. Traore did not get into enough dangerous areas and was undone by bad decision making. Jack Grealish overshadowed Traore in a battle between the two best attacking players. He was effective with and without possession and affected the game by assisting the winner.

Team News

Daniel Ayala came off in the first leg with a knee injury and could miss the game, giving Tony Pulis a major selection headache. Ahmed Elmohamady is a major doubt for Villa as he also limped off with an injury. James Bree could replace him.

Potential Aston Villa Starting XI: Johnstone, Hutton, Terry, Chester, Bree; Jedinak; Adomah, Grealish, Hourihane, Snodgrass; Grabban

Potential Middlesbrough Starting XI: Randolph; Shotton, Fry, Gibson, Friend; Howson, Clayton, Besic; Traore, Assombalonga, Downing

Betting Odds

  • Aston Villa 6/5
  • Draw 11/5
  • Middlesbrough 5/2

Stats & Facts

  • None of the previous 15 second tier teams to win the first leg of a play off semi-final away from home have failed to reach the final, with only six of those teams winning promotion.
  • Steve Bruce has lost only one of his last seven play-off games as a manager.
  • Middlesbrough have won just two of their last nine away games.
  • The home team has failed to win any of the last 12 clashes between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa in all competitions.

Popular Bets

  • Aston Villa to win: 6/5