Middlesbrough vs Cardiff Predictions

Middlesbrough vs Cardiff Predictions for Saturday’s Championship clash. Looking to extend their winning streak to four consecutive victories across all competitions, Middlesbrough welcome an in-form Cardiff City to the Riverside Stadium this Tuesday evening. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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Middlesbrough vs Cardiff Predictions

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Championship Powerhouses Face-Off

Key Stats
– Middlesbrough haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last nine home league games.
– Cardiff have won their last four Championship matches.
– Riley McGree leads Middlesbrough’s scoring charts with three goals.

Riverside Stadium is set to be the battleground as Middlesbrough lock horns with Cardiff City, both chasing Championship glory. Tuesday night promises a thrilling encounter as Michael Carrick’s Middlesbrough, currently on a winning spree, face a Cardiff side that’s equally in-form.

Middlesbrough’s Rise to Form

Middlesbrough’s early season struggles seem to be a distant memory. They began their Championship journey without tasting victory in their first seven fixtures. However, the tide has turned in their favour recently. Their recent victories include a much-needed 2-1 win over Southampton, followed by a convincing 2-0 triumph against Bradford City in the EFL Cup. Their latest conquest came over Watford, marking three consecutive wins. This thrilling match saw Josh Coburn’s 63rd-minute strike securing victory for Middlesbrough, following a back and forth battle where a brace from Riley McGree was negated by Watford’s prowess. This upward trajectory has lifted Middlesbrough out of the relegation quagmire, positioning them at a respectable 21st spot.


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Yet, their defence raises eyebrows. The inability to maintain a clean sheet in their last nine home league games is a concern, a weakness Cardiff might exploit.

Cardiff’s Consistency: A Double-edged Sword

Cardiff’s recent form in the Championship paints a rosy picture, but their 5-2 loss to Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Cup shows their vulnerability. Their resilience, however, was on display when they clinched a win against Rotherham with goals from Kion Etete and Perry Ng. Their successful run has solidified their position in the final playoff spot. But history warns them; their away form remains a concern, having managed just a single point from four Championship away games before their win against Sunderland. Yet, past encounters favour Cardiff as they secured a 3-2 win at Riverside last season, though Middlesbrough avenged it with a 3-1 win later on.

Team News and Potential Line-ups

Middlesbrough’s joy over their first away win was marred by an ankle injury to on-loan midfielder, Lewis O’Brien. With Alex Bangura sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Carrick has a selection dilemma. Will Lukas Engel get the nod, or will Tommy Smith shift flanks? Only time will tell.

Cardiff’s boss, Erol Bulut, has his injury concerns too. Yakou Meite’s recent hamstring setback casts doubt on his appearance. Injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Callum O’Dowda, and Josh Bowler further complicates their lineup.

Predicted Line-ups:

  • Middlesbrough: Dieng; Van den Berg, McNair, Fry, Smith; Hackney, Howson; Greenwood, Crooks, McGree; Coburn
  • Cardiff City: Alnwick; Romeo, Goutas, McGuiness, Ng; Ralls, Siopis, Wintle; Tanner, Etete, Ugbo

Predictions Based on Form and Stats

  1. Match Outcome: Considering Middlesbrough’s improved form and home advantage, they are slight favourites. However, given their defensive fragility, a draw seems the most likely outcome, offering decent odds.
  2. Correct Score Prediction: Based on both teams’ recent scoring patterns, a 2-2 draw could be on the cards.
  3. Goalscorer Prediction: Riley McGree, with an impressive BettingTips4You rating of 7.10 and three goals to his name this season, is our pick to find the back of the net for Middlesbrough.
  4. Corner Prediction: Middlesbrough average 6.2 corners per game compared to Cardiff’s 4.4. Predicting Middlesbrough to have more corners and a total of 11 corners in the match.
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