Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Prediction & Betting Tips – 15th May 201814th May 2018 / lee
Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Championship, 15th May 7.45pm
It is the second leg of the Championship play-off in midweek and Villa will be looking to press home their advantage. They struck a 1-0 win at the Riverside with a goal early in the game and pretty much stifled the threat of Boro. So now Middlesbrough’s route to the Championship play-off finals looks pretty tough. They will certainly have to find more of a cutting edge than they did in the first leg that is for sure.
Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Betting Odds*
Aston Villa 5/4, Draw 23/10, Middlesbrough 13/5* (betting odds taken on May 13th, 2018 at 9:02 p.m.)
Aston Villa News and Form
A goal in the fifteenth minute from Mike Jedinak has given Aston Villa a solid advantage in this tie. The first leg at the Riverside was a bit short of goalmouth action and part of that is because Villa did a good job in nullifying the main threat of Boro’s Adama Traore and the Boro attack in general. Villa finished seven points above Boro at the end of the regular season and they were well in control in that first leg and never really looked in trouble in the match. Their home from across the course of the season was W14 D7 L2 and they finished the regular season with a four-match undefeated streak at Villa Park. They were defensively solid conceding an average of just 0.8 goals per game and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken on May 13th, 2018 at 9:02 p.m.). Villa took a clean sheet in 43% of their home games in the regular season and they didn’t lose a single game at home against a top half of the table finisher, so they are going to be hard to take down in this one. In the bet365 correct score market a Villa 1-0 is at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken on May 13th, 2018 at 9:02 p.m.).
Middlesbrough News and Form
Boro went W8 D7 L8 for the season away from home in the Championship and they won just one of their last five on the road (D3 L1). So not the greatest of road form and you got the feeling going into this one that they needed to gain some sort of footing in the first leg at home. Boro only went D2 L2 in their four away games at the top four finishers in the league this season, so they may not have enough to turn this around. Actually, they only won two games away from home against sides in the top fourteen. Boro were on good scoring form down the final stretch of the season as they scored exactly two goals in each of their last four games, but there was no sign of that potency in the first leg. Both teams not to score is at even money odds* (betting odds taken on May 13th, 2018 at 9:02 p.m.). Middlesbrough were losing at half time in 13 of their 23 road games but they didn’t do too badly in front of goal with an average of 1.5 goals per game and they are on a seven-match scoring streak away from home. The problem is is that they haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their last five away from the Riverside.
Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Head to Head
This is now the fifth meeting between the two clubs this season and Villa are 2-1 up with the one drawn game. In the two meetings at Villa Park, there was a 0-0 played out between Villa and Boro in the league meeting before Boro took a 2-0 EFL Cup win there. Both teams have failed to score in the four other games this season and each of the last five matches between the two clubs have failed to get over 2.5 goals. Villa are actually winless in their last six home games against Boro (D3 L3).
Who will win – Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Predictions
Aston Villa have a good advantage for themselves in this tie now and they looked back to full strength and well in control of this tie. Boro were unusually quiet in the first leg but that was largely down to how well Villa did in snuffing out their threat. Home win to nil.
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