Boro had a slip on the weekend in their push for a top six finish. They suffered a home defeat against Brentford. They stay at home for midweek action as they welcome Preston. Preston are on a good run of form at the moment as well having climbed up into the top ten. Read our Middlesbrough v Preston betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 12th, 2019 at 3:35 p.m.)
It was a 2-1 home loss that Middlesbrough suffered against Brentford on the weekend. That was an upset as Boro hadn’t conceded a goal in any of their three league games prior to that. It leaves Boro at W7 D6 L4 for the season. The loss against the Bees saw a four-match home unbeaten streak snapped for Boro. It does also actually only leave them with two wins in their last eight at the Riverside (D3 L4).
So it’s not been the strongest of home form. Boro have only scored 18 goals in 17 home games for the season and only 18% of games at the Riverside have gone over 2.5 goals. Defensively Boro have done well with a clean sheet earned in 53% of home fixtures. Both teams have scored in just 29% of Boro’s home games. Of the seven home wins recorded by Boro, four of them have been by a two-goal margin. 61% of their home goals have been scored in the first half of matches.
There was a 1-1 draw between these two earlier this season
There was also a draw in an EFL Cup meeting
Three of the last four meetings have ended in a draw
Boro are unbeaten in 13 against Preston in all competitions
Preston claimed a 1-0 away win at Blackburn on the weekend which keeps them in very good form. They are now unbeaten in their last ten Championship fixtures, winning six of those. So it has been very good stuff from them and there is every chance that they will push Boro hard here. Preston are on a five-match winning streak away from home at the moment and they scored at least two goals in all but one of those.
Preston are W7 D3 L8 on their travels in the division this season. It is worth noting that they have lost all four away games played this season against current top-six sides and they failed to score in three of those four games. Preston have scored in each of their last six games away from home, with 64% of all their away goals coming after the half time break. They have conceded two-thirds of their away goals in the second half of fixtures too.
Preston are full of confidence at the moment and are so hard to beat. With Boro not having done a great deal of winning at home recently, there is every chance that the visitors can turn up at the Riverside and grab a point.
13th March 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Norwich strengthened their position at the top of the table on the weekend with a good win over rivals Ipswich in the East Anglian derby. Can they push on further as they head out to face Preston? Preston are down in the bottom half of the table but have put together some good form lately. Read our Preston v Norwich betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 11:44 p.m.)
Preston got a good 2-1 away win at Bolton on the weekend, making it a five-match undefeated streak of form for them in the division (W3 D2). So that alone makes this a tricky away game for leaders Norwich. On home soil Preston have drawn each of their last three, their most recent being against playoff hopefuls Derby. Preston’s home record is W5 D7 L3 this season. They have scored pretty well too at Deepdale, averaging 1.9 goals per game there.
Each of Preston’s last three home games have ended up under 2.5 goals. However, 60% of all of their home games have finished above the line, with 53% of league games at Deepdale this season seeing at least four goals in them. Both teams have scored in 80% of Preston’s home games. Whilst Preston are without a win in their last four home games, they have only lost one of their last ten league home fixtures. They have opened the scoring in nine of their fifteen home games.
Norwich were 2-0 winners at home against Preston in August
Norwich are unbeaten in four against North End (W2 D2)
Preston are winless in three Championship home games against Norwich (D1 L2)
Norwich got three points out of a feisty East Anglian derby against Ipswich on the weekend. That is back to back league wins for Norwich now, the Canaries scoring exactly three goals in those two wins. The derby win also pushed Norwich on to a six-match undefeated streak of Championship form. Overall this season they are W7 D7 L1 on their travels this season. They won their last away game, a huge top-two clash against Leeds.
Norwich have averaged 1.7 goals per away game this season. They are currently undefeated in their last thirteen away games, scoring in each of their last five. Norwich have no clean sheet in three on the road. At the half time break, Norwich have been level in nine of their road games. It is well worth noting that they have scored 70% of all their league goals this season in the second half of fixtures. They may need to show some patience against Preston.
The draw actually has some appeal in this one. Preston have been doing alright at home recently. Norwich have played out a draw in two of their last three league away games. We are backing Preston to get a point out of this midweek action.
11th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Preston have earned three points from their opening two games of the season and will be keen to build on their home success from the opening weekend of the new term. Preston just missed out on the play off last season in the second tier. They will play host to Stoke who have made a less than spectacular start to life in the Championship as the Potters are still looking for their first win. Read our Preston v Stoke betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.)
The Lilywhites opened with a 1-0 home win over QPR for the season in the Championship but they couldn’t add to their tally in their second match. Preston suffered a 1-0 loss at Swansea in their second fixture of the season. So we are expecting another low scoring affair involving the Lilywhites to be churned out and under 2.5 goals is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.). Preston put together a good season in the Championship last term as they came home seventh, missing out on the play offs by just two points as they produced some fine form down the back stretch.
They produced a W9 D8 L6 record in the league at Deepdale last term and they were only losing at half time in four home games. Taking that forward we are going to back the half-time draw at bet365 for our Preston v Stoke betting tips. The Lilywhites have produced 13.5 shots per game on average in the league so far this term. This would be a good recovery for them after their loss against Swansea last weekend.
Things haven’t kicked into gear for Stoke yet in the Championship. They suffered a heavy loss out at Leeds on the opening weekend of the season and they could only manage a point in their first home game of the season in a 1-1 draw with Brentford. In the bet365 correct score market the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.). For having one of the better and more experienced of squads in the Championship this season, they haven’t looked great.
There has been a lot of individual errors and they have let too much through their defence really. Benik Afobe though has started well with a brace of goals for them and he is the 7/4 anytime goalscorer favourite for the fixture* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.). They did at least get a break in midweek as they didn’t have an extra EFL Cup to go through like Preston did. Will that give them an edge as they go in search of their first league win of the season?
The Lilywhites have won three of their last four home games against Stoke so they have that to look at. This will be the first meeting between the two sides since the 2007/08 Championship when the two sides traded home wins. From the eight previous Champions meetings, Preston are narrowly ahead with a W3 D3 L2 record against the Potters.
Stoke haven’t looked anything special so far in their Championship games and we are expecting Preston to be strong once more on home soil. This early in the season Stoke look there for the taking and we are just backing the home win in the match outright.
16th August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Big stakes in this one at both ends of the table. Preston needs to win this game and hope Derby lose their final match against Barnsley on the weekend. That would put North End up into the play offs. As for Burton they really need three points out of this to get safe. If they don’t then a point would do it if Derby to beat Barnsley. So those two games are connected.
Preston 8/15, Draw 3/1, Burton 5/1* (Betting Odds taken at 4:15 a.m. on May 1st, 2018)
Preston have an outside shot at making it into the play offs. In order for that to happen they would have to first secure a win in this one and then hope that Derby loses against Barnsley. Preston are W3 D1 in their last four league games so are powering to the finish line. It’s just going to be all or nothing for them so they can throw the kitchen sink at this. They are not a particularly high scoring side compared to those starting the weekend in the play-off places. Under 2.5 goals at William Hill is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:15 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). Preston have averaged just over a goal per game on home soil this season, but they have gotten where they are because of a strong defence which has conceded at under a goal per game. Preston have been level at half time in twelve of their home games this term and so a half-time draw bet may not be a bad option. 60% of Preston’s goals at home have been produced in the second half of matches.
Burton have rallied really well to give themselves a shot at survival. They are on a three-match winning streak at the moment which was sparked by a shock win over play-off candidates Derby. They followed that up with crucial victories over Sunderland and Bolton who are the two sides beneath them in the table going into the final weekend. A point for Burton would be enough if Barnsley doesn’t win their final game. A victory gives them a better shot of staying up because they could then potentially catch Reading and Birmingham if either of those fails to win. Burton have produced only the 18 goals away from home this season while they have conceded an average of 1.6 per game. Burton have picked up four points from their last two away games, but they have lost all of they away games against the current top six (Preston are seventh) this season. So that doesn’t bode too well for them. Overall their away record is just W6 D6 L10 and only the already-relegated Sunderland have a worse defensive record than they do.
There have only been the three previous games between these two and from them, Preston are W2 D1 up. In their only previous game at Deepdale, there was a 1-1 draw played out in November 2016. Preston’s two wins in the sequence came by a one goal margin.
All Preston can do is win and hope. They have been going along well enough recently to get themselves three points in this one against the relegation-threatened Burton. It is likely to be tense, back a home win by a one-goal margin.
4th May 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
It is a busy Easter weekend in the Championship and Preston will be looking to ramp up their home form a bit so that they can push towards the play offs at the end of the season. They have just gone off the boil a little bit, with two losses in their last three at home. Derby are on a long winless streak of form away from home though and this won’t be a comfortable away game for them.
Preston 11/8, Derby 15/8, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 00:34 a.m. on March 30th, 2018)
Preston took a bit of a hammering on Friday as they slumped to a big 4-1 away defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. That was a big blow for them because they had been in pretty solid form. Still, it leaves them just the two points outside of the play off places so they are still in the hunt. They have lost two of their last three at home though (W1) but the win in that sequence was against top seven side Bristol City. With Derby so badly out of form, this is a great chance for Preston to strike. Overall this season they are W7 D7 L5 on home soil but they have conceded in each of their last eight at Deepdale. Preston have averaged just over a goal per game at home this season with a clean sheet in 37% of their home fixtures. A half-time draw at bet365 may not be a bad option s Preston have been level at half time in ten home fixtures this season (eight of those 0-0). Their away form is much better than that of their home at the moment but there is a huge opportunity for them to dig out a huge three points in this home game. It would put them just one point behind Derby who starts in fifth.
Derby’s play off hunt took another serious hit on Friday as they were pummeled at home by bottom side Sunderland 4-1. That leaves the Rams with no win in their last eight games played (D5 L3) now and with one win only in their last eleven. The points they have been digging out have at least just kept them in the play off zone, but on goal difference only and because the race is so tight and there are so many form teams beneath them, a top six finish looks to be in jeopardy now for them. The Rams are without a win in their last five away games (D4 L1) so have shown at least a bit of resilience. They have drawn nine of their last fifteen league games now actually so they may be good for a point in this one. This does look as if it will be a tight game though and both teams not to score at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:34 a.m. on March 30th, 2018).Their last two away games have gone under the 2.5 goal line. In the bet365 correct score market there is a decent option the 1-1 draw at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:34 a.m. on March 30th, 2018).
Derby picked up a 1-0 home win over Preston earlier in the season and that was the four games in a row between them that has gone under 2.5 goals. Derby are unbeaten in their last nine games against North End in the championship, winning five of those, So they have a clear advantage in the current head to head. Preston have lost their last three home games against Derby by a one-goal margin.
It is a big scrap for play off points and there is not likely going to be too much given away by either side. Preston have been pretty solid at home and the Rams have struggled for returns out on the road. But a draw in this one wouldn’t be a huge surprise.
31st March 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Villians will be looking to extend some powerful home form as they step out against Preston in midweek. Aston Villa could make it four league home wins on the bounce if they collectthree points this one. It could be a tough battle that they face though as they take on Preston who are hoping to find a way to break into the play off spots.
Aston Villa even money, Draw 12/4, Preston 11/4* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.)
The Villains had their massively positive stretch of winning form snapped on the weekend with a loss out at Fulham. Aston Villa were on a seven-match winning streak in the Championship before that hit. Still they boast a fantastic W10 D5 L1 record on home soil in the league this season and they are on a four-match winning streak there, unbeaten in eight. Villa have produced well in front of goal on home soil and over 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 5/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.). Villa have averaged 1.9 goals per game at home this season in the league and they have conceded in three of their last five games on home soil. Villa have scored at least two goals in each of their last five home games in the league and should be fired up to get back to winning ways after that blip against Fulham. They can boast the third-best home form in the division this season and for them, both Albert Adomah and Scott Hogan have scored in three of their last four home games. Villa go into the midweek round of matches having dropped back down to third place.
Preston should be no push however though and will be full of confidence having held out for a 1-1 draw at home on the weekend against league leaders Wolves. That is a six-match undefeated streak of form that they are on in the division and they have suffered only the one loss since a 3-0 reverse at Ipswich back on November 4th. That’s been an impressive run, but they haven’t done as much winning as they would have liked. Four of their last six have been drawn now and all of them 1-1 results. In the Bet365 correct score market a 1-1 draw is trading at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.) and that could well have some nice appeal in this one. Preston are currently running on an eight-match undefeated stretch of games away from home and they have scored in each of their last four. They have been defensively solid on their travels with just the sixteen goals shipped in sixteen games, while they have averaged 1.25 goals themselves on their travels. They have proven that they are a tough side to get the better off and their last two away wins have been with a clean sheet and one of those was against current second-placed side Cardiff.
Villa were 2-0 winners out on the road against Preston earlier this season and that leaves them with a pretty strong head to head over them. They have lost just one of their last twelve against Preston in all competitions, although only four of those have been since 2000. Both teams have scored in just one of their last four comings together. There was a 2-2 draw in this corresponding fixture last season.
Aston Villa’s home form should just tip the balance in their favour. They are really looking like strong contenders to get up to the top flight now and even though this probably isn’t going to be an easy game for them, they are value to come through the trial.
19th February 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Bluebirds will be looking to mount a good response in this one having lost their last two league outings. Is their lack of depth beginning to show itself? They will be looking for a record at home as they play host to Preston who are are actually carrying some pretty decent unbeaten form at the moment, sitting just outside of the play off places. Cardiff are 21/20 to pick up the win, with the draw at 12/5 and Preston at 5/2.
After back to back league losses against Bolton and Fulham, the Bluebirds have looked a little rocky lately. Their loss against Fulham came on home soil on Boxing Day and it means that they have now shipped at least two goals in three of their last four league outings and have only managed the one clean sheet in their last five played home and away. Their loss to Fulham did snap a four match winning streak that they were on at home in the Championship and they had conceded just the two goals in that sequence of wins. Overall this season on home soil the Bluebirds have gone W8 D3 L1 and five of their eight home victories have been by a two goal margin. They are a quote of 11/2 at William Hill to win this by a two goal margin. Top scorer for them at home is Junior Hoilett who is worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market. Only league leaders Wolves can boast a better home form this season than Cardiff, who also have the third best defensive record in the second tier.
Cardiff have won their last two home games against Preston in the Championship so do have a bit of head to head form going over North End in this corresponding fixture. However, when they met earlier this season at Deepdale, they were on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline. Things are even with two wins each and a draw the last five league meetings between the two clubs now and both teams have scored in just two of the last eleven meetings so it may be worth looking at one of them to win to nil at William Hill. The trend is certainly there and three Cardiff’s last four home wins over the Lilywhites have been to nil.
Preston are unbeaten in their last eight league games now and have been pretty solid all season aside from a four match losing streak that they found themselves on from mid-October to early January. They have knuckled down well since then though and they have taken a clean sheet in four of their last eight games, conceding just the four goals in that sequence and not more than one goal conceded in any of those games during that sequence. Away from home, they are on a four match unbeaten streak of form (W2 D2) and their last two road victories have both been by a 2-1 scoreline. In the William Hill, correct score market a Preston 2-1 option is out at 11/1 while the shortest odds can be found on the 1-1 draw at 11/2. Overall on their travels this season Preston have gone W4 D5 L3 so have not been all that bad at all and two of their three away defeats have been by just the one goal margin away from home. 71% of their goals scored and 71% of their goals conceded on the road have all been in the second half of matches. It may well be worth a flutter on the half time draw.
There could be value in looking at the draw in this one. Cardiff really needs to steady the ship a bit but they will be coming up a resilient Preston side who may be good enough in this busy period to go and frustrate the Bluebirds.
27th December 2017 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Preston are currently running on a poor streak of form which has seen them pretty much just fall apart defensively. It’s been a shocking dip in output from them because they had been so strong at the back through the early part of the season. But Bolton are far worse off as they are still stuck in the bottom three of the championship, but they have managed to put together a five match unbeaten streak. Preston are 3/4 to win with William Hill, with the draw at 11/4 and Bolton at 10/3.
The Lilywhites could use a bit of a pick-me-up after having fallen to four straight defeats. They are winless in six and this is after a really solid start that they had put up, losing just one of their first twelve games of the Championship season. Remarkably they collected six clean sheets in their opening nine games of the term and that has all crumbled and fell apart badly as they have conceded at least two goals in each of their last six games now. So they are in a terrible rut at the moment and both teams to score at William Hill should have appeal at a price for 5/6. Preston’s home form reads W3 D3 L2 but those defeats have been in their last two fixtures at Deepdale. They are winless in four games on home soil in the second tier.
They have returned ten goals in their eight home games but they are conceding at a rate of one per game on average now. Still, only 38% of their games at Deepdale have gone over 2.5 goals so this may struggle to get above that goal line. Under 2.5 goals at William hill returns a price of 17/20. Preston haven’t scored a goal in the opening fifteen minutes of a home game this season and 60% of their strikes on home soil have happened in the second half of matches. With Preston missing Jordan Hugill and Sean Maguire who are sidelined, Tom Barkhuizen is the 2/1 anytime goalscorer favorite for the match. North End are winless in their last three home games against Bolton, but the only two previous Championship matches between the two clubs was in the 2015/16 season with Preston collecting four points from the meetings with the Trotters.
Preston are in a slump currently, but Bolton have been showing signs that they are just getting out of theirs. The Trotters went winless from the start of the season through to the end of September, but finally got their first win of the season on the boat with a home victory over Sheffield Wednesday in mid October. So after losing nine of their opening eleven matches (D2), they are unbeaten in five now (W2 D3) and they have drawn their last two away games out at Fulham and a far more disappointing result at Sunderland, who are the only side beneath them in the table. But at least now Bolton are scoring goals, after an eight match scoreless streak earlier in the season. They do have only the one clean sheet to their name for the term and in the William Hill correct score market, a 1-1 draw is a short 6/1 option.
Draw: It’s hard to pick a winner out of this fixture and therefore it is probably worth just settling on the draw. Bolton have shown a bit of character lately and they can get something out of this against a Preston defence which is a shambles at the moment.
16th November 2017 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Villa couldn’t get the better of rivals Birmingham on the weekend in a derby match at St Andrews. But the Villains are still carrying strong recent form though and will challenge in this one. Preston have slipped out of form with back to back Championship defeats and will be a bit nervy in this one and punters will be cautious about their lack of home wins recently. Preston though are 6/4 favourites at bet365 to win the fixture, with Villa at 2/1 and the draw at 12/5.
Preston could use a win in this one after having lost back to back games against Wolves and Brentford. They conceded three goals exactly in both of those defeats as well and their defence has been a bit all over the place lately. Preston have shipped ten goals in their last four league games and that could help play its part in this game going over 2.5 goals at bet365 for a price of 11/10. Preston have only lost one home game this season (against Brentford on the weekend) in part of a W3 D3 L1 record at Deepdale. The Lilywhites have conceded under a goal per game on home soil and they should be competitive in this one because of that and the fact that they are scoring decent as well recently with at least two goals in each of their last five league games.
Both teams to score at bet365 is a price of 5/6 and there could well be goals in this one. Because Preston haven’t been goal-shy recently a 2-2 draw in the bet365 correct score market isn’t unappealing at 14/1, while the 1-1 draw is the shortest priced option in the market at 5/1. The last two draws that the Lilywhites have played out in the league have both been by a 2-2 scoreline. Jordan Hugill, who is the top scorer for North End this season is a price of 6/4 in the anytime goalscorer market. Preston took a 2-0 home win over Villa last season in the Championship and then played out a 2-2 draw at Villa Park. So the goals were there from there last season against the Villain. They need a boost. Each to their three home wins this season incidentally have all been with a clean sheet.
Preston to win to nil is a long 3/1 jolly though. Aston Villa couldn’t see off city rivals Birmingham in their local derby but their current form still reads strongly overall. That is because they have lost just one of their last eleven league games now that lone loss happening out at Wolves. They have failed to win either of their last two away games now (D1 L1) though and out on the road they haven’t been particularly strong with just a W2 D2 L3 record for the season away from Villa Park. They have also failed to hit the back of the net in their last two away games as well. Defensively they have been pretty strong recently with six clean sheets in their last nine league outings. They are a price of 4/1 though to win this one to nil, based on Preston’s scoring exploits recently. Villa Jonathan Kodjia is the bet365 first goalscorer favourite at 15/4 for the game.
Draw: There may just be enough in Preston to stick in there for a draw in this one. A lot of Villa’s recent successes have been against sides in the bottom half of the table, but their misfire against Birmingham on the weekend, suggests that they may miss the boat again in this one. Draw.
31st October 2017 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
After making a decent run at promotion last season, Sheffield Wednesday will be looking for a positive start to the new campaign, albeit out on throat. The Owls were a very strong home side but a little bit patchy on the road. They make a trip to Preston to open with and for North End, the end of last season couldn’t come quickly enough as they managed just the one point in the last six games. The Owls are 11/8 to take maximum points, with Preston at 19/10 and the draw at 23/10.
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Preston lost 16 league games last season. Eleven of those happened in between their opening eight games and their final six games. So a poor start and a poor finish from North End but in between, it was very solid from them. At home, they posted a fairly decent W11 D6 L6 record for the season and in the midst of all that there was a 1-1 draw played out against Sheffield Wednesday. A repeat 1-1 correct score offer at bet356 fetches a price of 5/1. That’s the shortest priced option in the market. Preston have actually remained unbeaten at home in the Championship against Sheffield Wednesday having posted a W2 D5 record from their seven previous home games against them. So the head to head is pretty even and therefore the draw in the outright market does have some appeal for this one.
It may be a low scoring affair and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is a price of 4/6. Sheffield Wednesday finished fourth in last season’s Championship but lost against Huddersfield in the play off semi finals on a penalty shoot out. The Owls were strong at home last seasons in the Championship but away from home, it was a bit more of an even record from them where they went W9 D7 L7 on the road. They did boast a fantastic defence last season it has to be said and that will keep them in games like this. Both teams not to score at bet365 is a price of even money and that looks value. Up in the anytime goalscorer market, Fernando Forestieri is heading up the market at a price of 2/1 and with the Owls boast a lot of scoring power in their ranks. Will they be able to get their first ever Championship victory on the road at Preston in this one?
Draw: The head to head history suggests that this is going to turn out to be a draw so that is the way to roll with this one. Five of the last seven between them at Deepdale have ended in parity. Look for the same to happen again.
3rd August 2017 / lee - Category: Championship Betting