Middlesbrough v Oxford FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 18th February 201717th February 2017 / lee
Middlesbrough v Oxford FA Cup, 18th February 3.00pm
Oxford have been going along pretty well lately and the U’s took a big win over Championship high-flyers Newcastle in the last round of the FA Cup. They however have failed to win any of their last three visits to the Riverside, actually losing on their last three trips there. So not an easy path forward for the underdogs. But then again they are facing a Middlesbrough side who aren’t exactly going along in great form and who are struggling to put goals on the board and after Boro only managed to edge past Accrington 1-0 at the Riverside in the last round, there may be a glimmer of hope for the underdogs. Oxford are 6/1 underdogs for the fixture, with the draw at 10/3 and Middlesbrough at 9/20.
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Middlesbrough v Oxford FA Cup Betting Tips
Boro haven’t been having a great time of things lately but they have gone with strong sides in the FA Cup so far and that probably won’t let up. Boro have won just two of their last ten games across all competitions, but both of those wins were in the FA Cup as they moved past Sheffield Wednesday and then Accrington. Boro don’t have a lot of goals in them at all and only once in their last 14 games in all competitions have they managed to score more than one goal in a single game. Again though, that was in the FA Cup in taking a 3-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday. Boro have only lost one of their last seven games at the Riverside and while they needed a second half goal to get past Accrington in the last round, their eventual patience paid off. It may be more of the same for Boro, a game of patience when they take on Oxford, and under 2.5 goals at Betfair for this one will return you a price of 5/6.
Boro will fancy their chances of keeping the visitors at arm’s length as they have taken five clean sheets in their last seven home games in all competitions (W3 D3 L1). Middlesbrough to win to nil at Betfair is a trading at a price of 5/4. That should also lead you to the correct score market if you are fancying the home side to get through this task and there is a price of 11/2 on either a 1-0 for Boro or a 2-0 for them. This isn’t the first meeting between the two sides and Boro are actually on a three match winning streak at home against the U’s. This will be the first meeting though since the 1997/98 Division One season when Boro won both games by a 4-1 scoreline. Boro are unbeaten in their last eight games against Oxford (W6 D2) and both teams have scored in eight of the last nine between these and if you fancy the visitors making a game of this then there is a price of even money on both teams hitting the back of the net in this one.
Oxford have come through five FA Cup matches so far to get to this point and they have not been behind at half time in any of them. So it could be worth backing things to be even at the break in this one at the Riverside. They have kept a clean sheet in four of their five games in the competition this season and they brushed aside a much-changed Newcastle side in the last round. Oxford have actually netted three goals in each of their last three FA Cup matches now and in total in their five games have scored 14 goals. Middlesbrough can’t match that scoring power from the League One side. Oxford are decent form at the moment out on the road having lost just one of their last nine away from home in all companions and they have won five of their last six on the road as well. They have returned at least two goals in four of their last six away games. There shouldn’t be any reason for them to be overawed by the occasion at all and they could make their mark in this one. The U’s have scored exactly one goal in each of their last six games against Boro, would that be enough to get them to the quarter finals?
Who will win – MIddlesbrough v Oxford FA Cup Predictions
It is worth having a crack on the underdogs in this one, just because of the failures in front of goal from Boro. They aren’t in great form at the moment and because of their slide towards the relegation zone in the Premier League, they will have other things on their mind. League One side Oxford are running hot at the moment and have gone well enough to suggest that they could well go to the Riverside and avoid defeat. Go again the recent trend of Oxford losing there and perhaps a draw in this one wouldn’t be a big surprise.17
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