Middlesbrough v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips & and Previews
April 26, 2017
Sunday 30 April – Riverside Stadium – Premier League
Two teams fighting for different things at opposite ends of the Premier League meet on Sunday, as Middlesbrough host Manchester City at the Riverside. After the FA Cup defeat, Pep Guardiola will finish the season trophyless for the first time in his managerial career. However, his team will start as heavy favourites in this one.
Marten de Roon scored an injury time equaliser earlier this season as Middlesbrough claimed a point at the Etihad. Manchester City got their revenge by knocking Boro out of the FA Cup at the Riverside in March, in what proved to be Aitor Karanka’s last game in charge.
Steve Agnew will hope first choice goalkeeper Victor Valdes is fit to play after a rib injury. With all of City’s firepower up top, the Spanish stopper’s return would be a huge boost for Middlesbrough. Gaston Ramirez is available for Boro after serving a suspension for his foolish red card in the defeat at Bournemouth.
Manchester City’s attacking options should open up after problems for David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. Silva and Aguero limped off in the FA Cup semi final defeat against Arsenal, but should play in the Manchester derby. Jesus meanwhile has been back in training after breaking a metatarsal in mid-February.
Middlesbrough v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
Failure to win Wednesday’s Tees-Wear derby would spell near-certain relegation from the Premier League for Middlesbrough. Manchester City meanwhile face a Thursday night derby against Manchester United, as they chase a top four finish. Sunday’s clash at the Riverside could seal Boro’s drop to the Championship, and go a long way to securing Champions League qualification for Guardiola’s men.
Middlesbrough have been dreadful in 2017, and are without a win since before Christmas prior to their game against Sunderland. Sacking previous manager Karanka has not had the desired effect, with the Teessiders tumbling towards the trapdoor of relegation. Failure to beat City would leave Boro needing three wins from their last three games to stand any chance of staying up. You can get odds as long as 21/2 for the hosts to pick up three points on Sunday.
Visitors City meanwhile are currently well-placed to finish in the top four, especially considering their remaining fixtures. Defeat at the Riverside would be a huge blow though, and cast some serious doubts over Champions League qualification. The Blues start as huge favourites at 1/3, while the draw’s priced at 24/5.
Manchester City to win to nil at 13/10
Middlesbrough are the Premier League’s lowest scorers, making this bet a great way to enhance the short odds on a City win.
Negredo to score the only goal of the game at 125/1
This is a huge price for former City striker Alvaro Negredo to come back to haunt his former club, and score the only goal in a 1-0 Middlesbrough win.