Middlesbrough v West Brom betting preview and tips
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.
Middlesbrough to win @ 2.25 with bet365
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