Middlesbrough v Aston Villa Play-Off 1st Leg Betting Preview | 12th May
In our Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa betting preview we look at team news, stats & facts, head to head record, popular bets and more for the first leg of the Championship Play-off Semi-final.
Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa Betting Preview
Venue: Riverside Stadium
Channel: Sky Sports Football
Middlesbrough who finished 5th thanks to an impressive end of season run play hosts to 4th place Aston Villa. Middlesbrough are the outsiders in the tie to qualify at Evens while Aston Villa are 8/11 favourites to progress to the Play-off final at Wembley. Despite the difference in price to qualify to the final, there isn’t as much variation in the outright market with both teams around the 11/4 mark to win the play-offs.
Middlesbrough have won 7 of their last 8 games at home in the Championship with their only loss in that time coming against the Champions Wolves. Tony Pulis will be hopeful of their impressive home performances continuing in order to take a lead to Villa Park for the second leg.
Villa who finished 7 points ahead of Middlesbrough only managed to win one of their last five away games. Despite that though they still boasted the 5th best away record in the league throughout the season and Bruce will be hoping they can return to form on the road at the most important part of the season. Having Bruce at the helm can only be a boost in this situation too, after he led Hull to Play-off victory in 2016.
Tony Pulis has nearly got a fully fit squad to choose from with only Rudy Gestede unavailable.
Several of Villa’s first choice sat out the Millwall game last week but they are all expected to return, with Neil Taylor set to be Villa’s only injury worry heading into the game.
Possible Middlesbrough Starting Eleven: Randolph; Shotton, Gibson, Ayala, Friend; Traore, Howson, Clayton, Downing; Assombalonga, Bamford.
Possible Aston Villa Starting Eleven: Johnstone; Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, Taylor; Hourihane, Whelan; Snodgrass, Grealish, Adomah; Grabban.
Stats & Facts
- Boro have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 Championship home games.
- BTTS – no has landed in 7 of Villa’s last 9 Championship games.
Head To Head
- Middlesbrough and Aston Villa have met 142 times; Middlesbrough have won 43 of those, Villa have won 65 and they have finished all square on 34 occasions.
Middlesbrough 13/10 Draw 21/10 Aston Villa 23/10
- Over 10.5 corners 5/6