Middlesbrough v West Brom betting preview and tips

20:45 Fri 24 Aug
Football
England
Championship
Tip: 1
Units: 1/5
Odds: +125

There’s a Friday night encounter at the Riverside Stadium, with Middlesbrough and West Brom looking to press their promotion claims by landing a precious three point haul at the early stage of the season.

Tony Pulis has seen a couple of star players leave, with Adama Traore leaving for Wolves before Ben Gibson got his Premier League switch to Burnley, although the latter’s departure was already covered with the captures of Aden Flint and Paddy McNair.

Boro have started the season well, coming back from two goals down to draw at Millwall before landing home wins over Sheffield United and Birmingham. 

Pulis steered the Teeside club to the Championship play-offs last term before they surrendered meekly to Aston Villa, although automatic promotion is the focus and much depends on continuing strong home form and staying with the leading pack.

West Brom are also aiming to be in the mix, with Darren Moore having acquitted himself impressively and keeping the Baggies afloat for as long as was humanly possible before they were relegated.

It’s been a mixed bag for Albion who lost their opener against Bolton, before steadying the ship with a 1-1 draw at Forest which was followed by a zany 4-3 victory away to Norwich.

Defensively, they look to have issues which could be exploited by the home side in this game, with Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga hoping to feed off the service of Stewart Downing and Lewis Wing. 

All things considered, we are plumping for Boro to land the spoils and continuing their strong start to the campaign.

BETTING TIP
Middlesbrough to win @ 2.25 with bet365

Team News

Middlesbrough: 3-4-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
West Brom: 4-4-1-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 23
    Darren Randolph
  • 24
    Aden Flint
  • 20
    Dael Fry
  • 04
    Daniel Ayala
  • 03
    George Friend
  • 08
    Adam Clayton
  • 16
    Jonathan Howson
  • 05
    Ryan Shotton
  • 09
    Britt Assombalonga
  • 19
    Stewart Downing
  • 10
    Martin Braithwaite
  • 01
    Sam Johnstone
  • 24
    Tosin Adarabioyo
  • 05
    Kyle Bartley
  • 26
    Ahmed Hegazy
  • 03
    Kieran Gibbs
  • 10
    Matthew Phillips
  • 08
    Jake Livermore
  • 11
    Chris Brunt
  • 15
    Harvey Barnes
  • 19
    Jay Rodriguez
  • 16
    Dwight Gayle

Championship

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Norwich 17 10 3 4 28:20 33
2 Middlesbrough 17 8 7 2 19:8 31
3 Leeds 17 8 6 3 29:17 30
4 Sheffield Unite 17 9 3 5 27:19 30
5 West Bromwich A 17 8 4 5 37:25 28
6 Derby 17 8 4 5 25:20 28
7 Nottingham Fore 17 6 9 2 23:16 27
8 Swansea 17 7 5 5 19:13 26
9 Blackburn 17 6 8 3 20:21 26
10 Queens Park Ran 17 8 2 7 18:22 26
11 Aston Villa 17 6 6 5 27:23 24
12 Birmingham 17 5 9 3 23:20 24
13 Bristol City 17 6 4 7 20:19 22
14 Stoke 17 5 7 5 19:20 22
15 Brentford 17 5 6 6 27:23 21
16 Wigan 17 6 2 9 19:26 20
17 Sheffield Wedne 17 5 5 7 21:30 20
18 Preston 17 4 6 7 26:30 18
19 Rotherham 17 4 6 7 14:23 18
20 Reading 17 4 4 9 24:29 16
21 Millwall 17 4 4 9 22:29 16
22 Hull 17 4 4 9 16:24 16
23 Bolton 17 4 4 9 11:23 16
24 Ipswich 17 1 8 8 14:28 11