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 38 23 9 6 77:48 78
2 Sheffield Unite 38 22 8 8 64:34 74
3 Leeds 38 22 7 9 63:39 73
4 West Bromwich A 38 19 10 9 71:47 67
5 Middlesbrough 37 15 13 9 40:31 58
6 Aston Villa 38 14 15 9 68:54 57
7 Preston 38 15 12 11 58:50 57
8 Derby 37 15 11 11 46:44 56
9 Bristol City 36 15 10 11 45:38 55
10 Sheffield Wedne 38 14 13 11 48:51 55
11 Nottingham Fore 38 13 15 10 52:44 54
12 Hull 38 14 9 15 54:56 51
13 Birmingham 38 12 14 12 53:49 50
14 Brentford 37 13 10 14 60:50 49
15 Swansea 36 13 8 15 45:46 47
16 Stoke 38 10 17 11 37:42 47
17 Blackburn 38 12 11 15 52:60 47
18 Queens Park Ran 38 12 8 18 45:59 44
19 Wigan 38 10 9 19 41:57 39
20 Millwall 37 9 10 18 41:55 37
21 Reading 38 8 13 17 40:56 37
22 Rotherham 38 7 15 16 40:61 36
23 Bolton 38 7 8 23 26:63 29
24 Ipswich 38 3 15 20 29:61 24