Middlesbrough v Burnley Predictions and Betting Tips
April 06, 2017
Saturday 8 April – Riverside Stadium- Premier League
Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew will be hoping to secure his first win in charge of Boro, as they continue their fight against relegation.
Burnley won the only Premier League meeting between these two teams back in December, with a late Andre Gray goal handing them 1-0 win at Turf Moor.
Middlesbrough’s last win over the Clarets was back in 2015, when both sides were playing in the Championship.
Middlesbrough should be able to welcome back Gaston Ramirez from an ankle problem after the former Hull City player was withdrawn in their goalless draw against Swansea, but should be fit for this one.
Defenders Fabio, Calum Chambers and George Friend all face late fitness tests ahead of the visit of Sean Dyche’s team.
Burnley have almost everyone available for this game, with Icelandic midfielder Johann Berg Gudmunsson back in training, although he is likely to be only ready for a place on the bench.
Dean Marney remains sidelined with a serious knee injury.
Middlesbrough v Burnley Preview and Predictions
Boro are deep in relegation trouble, down in 19th place in the Premier League table, and without a win in their last 12 Premier League games, a run that stretches back to December 2016.
Agnew has taken over from Aitor Karanka as manager until the end of the season, but he is up against it to save them from the drop.
They can take some heart from Burnley’s poor form away from Turf Moor, with Dyche’s side without a win on the road all season.
Neither side is exactly free flowing in front of goal, with a goal fest very unlikely, an under 2.5 goals bet is 7/5.
Both sides are struggling for form and for confidence, and they should cancel each other out with a draw, which is priced at 11/5.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
Both teams will be cagey, Boro are known to adopt a defensive approach at home and Burnley’s form away from home is simply abysmal this season. A point benefits visitors Burnley much better, as they have solidified their Premier League safety for another season, however Boro are running out of time to secure valuable points to save themselves from the drop.
Gray to score at anytime 21/10
Gray has been a match winner for Burnley a number of times this season, and he remains their greatest goalscoring threat. With two goals in his last four games he is also their most in form attacker in recent games.