Middlesbrough vs Sunderland Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Middlesbrough vs Sunderland predictions for Wednesday’s Premier League clash in the north east. Middlesbrough and Sunderland continue their Premier League relegation battle in this north east derby. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Middlesbrough VS Sunderland Predictions
Full Time: 1 - 0
Over/Under Tip: Under 2.5 win
Reason For Middlesbrough VS Sunderland Betting Tips
This is an absolutely crucial match between two fierce north east rivals in the Premier League, with both of them facing the impending threat of relegation and desperately needing a victory to stand any chance of avoiding the drop.
Middlesbrough are in the marginally better position, sitting second from bottom in the Premier League but with nine points between them and safety after their 4-0 drubbing at Bournemouth on Saturday.
That defeat makes it nine games without a win in all competitions, but in the league alone things are much worse. Their last league win came back in the middle of December, and they have lost ten of their 16 games since then. At home they have drawn four and lost three since their last victory, scoring just four goals and conceding nine at the other end.
Sunderland managed to pick up a rare point last weekend as they fought back to draw with West Ham, but they are winless since the start of February and have lost six of their eight games since then. This leaves them bottom of the table with an almost unattainable 12 points between them and the safe zone.
Away from home they have lost a huge 12 of their last 14 matches in all competitions as well, and considering they have failed to score in five of their last six on the road they might find it difficult to get past Boro’s defence.
In all honesty I’m not expecting this to be one for the neutrals. Sunderland are the second worst attacking team in the Premier League this season, second only to Middlesbrough. Between the sides they have a total of nine goals in their last seven games apiece home and away respectively, and four of those came in a single sitting as The Black Cats beat Crystal Palace 4-0.
Eight of Boro’s last 13 home games have seen fewer than three goals, as have five of Sunderland’s last six on the road. This makes odds of 7/10 for Under 2.5 Goals look the best value offering here, and I’m going for that along with a 0-0 boredraw correct score predictions at 8/1.