Middlesbrough welcome the visitors Preston North End in the English Championship – Round 37. The match will be held on Wednesday, March, 12th, at the Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).
Middlesbrough feature 21 home encounters that produced under 3.5 goals. The team are least effective in the league. They scored 39 goals – only 5 sides that sit in the bottom of the table did less, while ‘Boro’ run 5th. Also, the hosts allowed league’s lowest number of goals – 26. The team were winless in 2 previous rounds. They should improve somehow, as other contenders may easily shift them from the playoffs zone that provides a pass to the Premiere League. Middlesbrough have a 4-point handicap from the seventh-placed Bristol City so far, and they need to keep it, or, rather, increase.
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Preston North End are on a formidable ten-game unbeaten run, which enabled them to climb to the 10th line. The side are presently 4 points off the top-six, and they are keen on reducing this breakaway, to reach the playoffs.
The guests on the day won 5 latest outings in a row. That said, Stoke City, that sit 16th, were their strongest rivals in that streak. Thus, the record seems impressive, but we should mind the side’s opponents there. Preston’s Wednesday journey to Middlesbrough will be much tougher than those 5 trips. ‘Boro’ conceded in the last fixture at home, but that was just their 4th loss in 17 encounters held in front of own fans.
Over the span of 13 years, the sides met 13 times. Middlesbrough were never defeated and attained 6 wins. They are not predicted to be beaten tomorrow either. The team’s home performance is confident, and their historical record against Preston is encouraging. No abundance of goals should be expected – 6 head-to-heads produced over 3.5 goals, but ‘Boro’ do not tend to play effectively now. This season, only 2 their matches saw over 3.5 goals. The hosts will probably concentrate on points rather than on a goal-fest. Thus, an underscoring match with ‘Boro’s no-loss is foreseen.
Prediction for the match: Middlesbrough to win or Draw & Under 3.5 goals.