Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 31/10/18

  • 30th October 2018
Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Mikey Patterson (@ThePattBlogs) previews Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace and provides us with his best bets for the round of 16 game between Championship challengers Middlesbrough and Premier League fighters Crystal Palace.

Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 31/10/2018
  • Time: 20:00
  • Venue: Riverside Stadium
  • Channel: N/A

As we enter the round of 16 ties in the EFL Cup, we see a potentially mouth-watering game between a side pushing for promotion back to the Premier League in Tony Pulis’ Boro, and Roy Hodgson’s Premier League battlers Crystal Palace.

The two sides come into the game having both drawn their respective league games at home over the weekend. Pulis and his Boro side managed to come away with a point against Derby at the Riverside, and Palace rescued a point against Arsenal thanks to a second penalty from midfield machine Luka Milivojevic in the final 10 minutes, having taken the lead at the death in the first half following a stupid challenge from Mustafi in the box.

Given the importance of their League campaigns for different reasons, it is possible we will see both managers ring the changes ahead of this cup tie, especially for Palace given the importance of retaining their Premier League place, as well as only having played on Sunday. And for Pulis, there can be little to no doubt that getting back in amongst the elite of England is where his priority lies this season again.

Despite the likelihood of both managers making changes to their teams from the important fixtures from the weekend, this game has the potential for a goal from both sides.  Palace have conceded 13 in 10 games thus far in the Premier League, scoring just over half of that total with 7. Boro who find themselves in 3rd in the Championship, have notched 17 goals in 15 games, conceding 8. It is also worth noting that Palace have come through two away ties in the competition to get to this stage, and will fancy their chances again on Wednesday night.

Team News

Palace are already missing the misfiring Benteke up front, and can also add defensive stalwart Scott Dann to the injury list. The game could also come too early for defender Joel Ward as he recovers from a muscular problem. Summer signing Max Meyer came off the bench against Arsenal and has already feature twice in the EFL cup for Palace, and would look certain to start again tomorrow as he continues to try and get to grips with the English game.

The only concern for the home side is that of defender Ryan Shotton who is set to miss the tie with a knee injury.

Potential Middlesbrough Starting XI: Lonergan, Flint, Fry, Ayala, McQueen, Besic, Saville, Wing, McNair, Braithwaite, Gestede

Potential Crystal Palace Starting XI: Guaita, Schlupp, Sakho, Kelly, Ward, Puncheon, Riedewald, Kouyaté, Meyer, Sørloth, Townsend

Head To Head

  • This will be the 50th meeting of the two sides across all competitions, with Palace winning 21 of those and Boro winning 17.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Boro drew at home on Saturday, where it finished 1-1 against Derby County.
  • Palace found the net twice against Arsenal on Sunday, both coming from the penalty spot.

Betting Odds

  • Middlesbrough 3.40
  • Draw 3.50
  • Crystal Palace 2.25

The Verdict

Given the distinct chance of changes being made by both managers, and given their form both in front of goal, and at the back, both teams to score would be my only fancy in this one with a result for either side too hard to call.

Recommended Bets

  • Both Teams To Score @ 19/20 (bet365)