Derby County v Middlesbrough (3:00pm)
Derby’s annual capitulation took another turn for the worse last weekend in their humiliating 3-1 defeat to local rivals Burton Albion. Manager Gary Rowett questioned his side’s desire to finish in the top six in the aftermath of the loss, and the games only get tougher as they prepare for a crunch play-off clash against Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough.
‘Boro haven’t been in the greatest shape themselves in the last few weeks, but their come-from-behind 2-1 victory over fellow promotion-chasing Bristol City shows that they have the fight required for games like Saturday’s…
The same can’t be said for the Rams at the moment, and with a side struggling for any sort of form, you can’t see past the value bet of a Middlesbrough away win at 15/8, which would plunge Derby’s season into meltdown.
One man who will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing a weary, ageing Derby side is Middlesbrough danger man Adama Traore, and the lightening-fast winger could potentially run riot against a home midfield & defence that can only be described as snail’s-paced. The Spaniard is 5/2 with Coral to get on the score sheet anytime in this one, which is a touch shorter than the whopping 9/1 anytime goal scorer tip I pulled out in last week’s blog. Just saying…
Neither side have been banging in goals galore of late, and their respective average amount of corners per game is barely five each. With that in mind, a William Hill treble stat special of under 2.5 goals, less than ten corners and between 4-6 cards looks particularly appealing at 13/2.
Tip of the Day: Middlesbrough are priced as high as 15/8 to take advantage of a deteriorating Derby County side and claim three vital points in the play-off race.
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