Match Preview: Middlesbrough 3-1 Hull City Prediction and Betting Tips | England (Championship)

Middlesbrough – Hull City betting tips for today, February 20, 2018.
Kick-off: 20:45
Football:England – Championship
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.44
Bookmaker: BetFair
Match Result: 3:1 WON!!!

Match Preview
Both sides head into this fixture with opposing problems in their respective camps. Hull travel to the Riverside Stadium a bit too close for comfort to the drop zone, and with an extremely long injury to compete with, their outfield options are thin.
Middlesbrough’s season so far hasn’t exactly gone to plan either, as they linger outside of the play-off spots at this crunch period of the campaign. As the Boro’s season stutters along, Tony Pulis has not managed back-to-back league wins since being appointed.
Ahead of this round of fixtures, a staggering 11 places and 19 points separate the sides, despite the fact that Hull have scored more goals than the Boro this term (42:40). This stat typifies the kind of play you can expect to see from the Boro – low scoring affairs are commonplace in Teesside.
Although Hull have had more goals, more shots on target (139:117), and a much higher shot accuracy (50.2%:39.6%) this season; they have in fact, conceded 17 more goals than the Boro – going a long way to explaining the difference in placings.
Players to watch: £15 million man Britt Assombalonga (MID) has scored 12 goals this season, but hasn’t featured as regularly under Pulis. Could a pairing up top with Rudy Gestede be the way forward?
Twenty-one-year-old Jarrod Bowen (HUL) boasts an impressive 12 goals from midfield this term, and is expected to feature here despite Hull being without a potential eight first team players.
Stat attack: The home side has won on four of the last five occasions, with both Boro and Hull having two wins apiece – the only away victory since 2013/’14 came for the Boro last term at the KC.
Hull’s recent away win at Forest was only their second victory in 18 Championship matches.
Six of the last eight meetings between the sides in all competitions has produced under 2.5 goals in total, only one team scoring in each of those six games.

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