Match Preview: Sheffield Utd 1-0 Middlesbrough Prediction and Betting Tips | England (Championship)


Sheffield Utd – Middlesbrough betting tips for today, February 13, 2019

Kick-off: 20:45 Sheffield Utd – Middlesbrough
Football:  England – Championship
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.40
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 1:0 LOST

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Sheffield United have a prime opportunity to reignite their challenge for automatic promotion, and will be eager to make amends for blowing a 3-0 lead – and two points – against Aston Villa in the final ten minutes of their last league outing. Given that Sheffield haven’t conceded in 307 minutes of Championship football at home, a similar collapse seems unlikely.
Undoubtedly better at home than away, Sheffield have won each of their last four home league matches, whilst scoring nine goals in the process (2.25 per match). Furthermore, Sheffield boast the best home record of any Championship side after 15 home matches (W9, D3, L3).
Middlesbrough are unbeaten in ten of their last 11 Championship away matches (W6, D4, L1), and only two sides have earned more away points than Middlesbrough ahead of this weekend. This calendar year alone, the ‘Teesiders’ are also unbeaten in three away league games (W2, D1) against top-half opposition.
By extension, Middlesbrough have a admirable record of: W4, D2, L1, against current top-six opposition this season. They also hold the slight edge in the all-time H2H series at this level (W15, D8, L12), with manager Tony Pulis alternately between winning and losing his last four H2H encounters with the ‘Blades’.
Players to watch: In an intriguing personal duel, Billy Sharp (SHE) leads the Championship scoring charts with 22 goals, and Boro new-boy John Obi Mikel has strengthened Boro’s midfield, making (on early evidence) a seamless transition from the Chinese top flight.
Stat attack: Sheffield are without a clean sheet in five clashes with Middlesbrough.
Across all competitions, and against all opponents, four of Middlesbrough’s last five matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
Pulis’ men have also scored first in five of their last seven matches, returning a record of: W3, D2, after doing so.

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