Middlesbrough v Arsenal Predictions and Betting Tips

April 13, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Monday 17 April – Riverside Stadium – Premier League

It’s do or die for both sides as Middlesbrough welcome Arsenal to the Riverside in Monday evening’s Premier League fixture. Without a league win in 2017, the hosts are running out of time to beat the drop. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger could be about to call time on his reign at the Emirates.

Past Meetings

Arsenal have unsurprisingly had the better of the past meetings between the two clubs, and haven’t tasted defeat in this fixture for nearly ten years. Middlesbrough did take a point from the Emirates earlier this season though, holding the Gunners to a 0-0 draw.

Team News

Stewart Downing opened the scoring for Middlesbrough the last time they beat Arsenal, and the winger is expected to start on Monday after finding favour under Steve Agnew. Gaston Ramirez could return from an ankle injury, but it’s likely he’ll only start on the bench.

The visitors’ problems at the back continue with goalkeepers Petr Cech and David Ospina likely to miss out. This means Wenger would have to pick Emiliano Martinez again, who’s conceded six goals in the last two games. There’s a slim chance Cech could return though along with Laurent Koscielny, which would be a huge boost for Arenal.

Middlesbrough v Arsenal Preview and Predictions

Arsenal could start Monday’s game at the Riverside in seventh position and ten points off the Premier League top four. They have games in hand to claw this back, but defeat against Middlesbrough would spell disaster for Wenger. The Gunners supporters are increasingly baying for blood, but the visitors will start this game as favourites in the betting.

The hosts are still looking for their first league win since before Christmas. Their miserable run has seen them go 14 games without a victory and plummet into the relegation zone. If Hull beat floundering Stoke on Saturday, Boro will be nine points from safety, albeit with two games in hand. They have to start winning to stand any chance of staying up, and you can get a price of 6/1 for them to do so against Arsenal.

It’s the same for the Gunners if they want to qualify for the Champions League once again. The clubs above them are in better form and less turmoil, meaning this could be the season where Wenger finally finishes outside the top four for the first time in his career in North London. If you think the troops will rally for their beleaguered boss and come up with a win, the odds are at 14/25. A draw wouldn’t be great for either team in the circumstances, and is available at 17/5.

Recommended Bets

Arsenal to win 2-1 at 8/1

The Gunners have scored 34 goals in their last 15 games against Middlesbrough, conceding just 12 times in this period. A 2-1 win would be a timely boost for under-fire Wenger.

The 0-0 draw at 14/1

Middlesbrough are scrapping for their Premier League lives and have a good defensive record. This is a great price for a repeat of the result earlier in the campaign, as Wenger’s men are frustrated once again.

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