Middlesbrough vs Real Betis Predictions

Middlesbrough vs Real Betis predictions for this friendly pre-season game that will be played on Saturday in Chesterfield. Read on for all our free betting tips and predictions.

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Middlesbrough vs Real Betis Predictions

Pre-Season Clash: Middlesbrough and Real Betis Set for a Competitive Friendly

Key Stats
– Middlesbrough have an average successful dribbles per game rate of 6.8, showcasing their offensive potential.
– Real Betis have made a significant number of successful dribbles per game, coming in at 9.6.
– Middlesbrough’s Marcus Forss has netted 23 goals in 40 appearances, making him a potential threat in the game.

Middlesbrough are poised to continue their pre-season drills, gearing up for the 2023-24 Championship season with a showdown against Spanish squad Real Betis. The friendly will take place in Chesterfield this Saturday. Middlesbrough, or Boro, stride into the game on the heels of a 2-0 triumph over Rotherham United. Conversely, Real Betis are licking their wounds after a 3-1 defeat to Monaco in their second summer friendly.

Middlesbrough’s Momentum

Since Michael Carrick’s appointment as Middlesbrough’s head coach in October last year, the team has exhibited commendable performance, amassing 18 victories, five stalemates, and just 10 losses in 33 fixtures. Their strong performance earned them fourth place in the last campaign, and a shot at the playoffs. However, they were sidelined by Coventry City in the semi-finals. As a result, Middlesbrough will yet again grace the Championship in the forthcoming term.

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The team has been absent from the Premier League since 2017, but they anticipate challenging for the top six in the 2023-24 season. Their preparations include a number of fresh additions this summer, including Tom Glover, Morgan Rogers, Seny Dieng, and Rav van den Berg. They’ve already participated in four friendlies this summer, beginning their drills with a 1-0 win over Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes on July 8. Following a defeat and a draw, they bounced back with a 2-0 win over Rotherham United.

Real Betis’ Preparation

On the other hand, Real Betis have played two friendlies this summer, both ending in 3-1 losses to Eintracht Braunschweig and Monaco. Despite the rocky start, they have another four games planned before they commence their 2023-24 La Liga campaign away to Villarreal on August 13.

The Seville-based squad, having secured a sixth-place finish in La Liga last season, have qualified for the group stage of the 2023-24 Europa League. Coach Manuel Pellegrini, who recently signed a contract extension, has orchestrated three new signings this summer – Hector Bellerin, Ayoze Perez, and Marc Roca. Several departures have also reshaped the squad, bringing a new look to the Spanish outfit.

Player Predictions

Expectations are that both Middlesbrough’s and Real Betis’ coaches will make necessary amendments to their starting lineups to build player fitness at this crucial stage of the pre-season. The likes of Marcus Forss and Matthew Hoppe, who were substituted in during the second half of Middlesbrough’s last match, are likely to find themselves in the starting side this time around. Likewise, Martin Montoya and Ayoze Perez are expected to be introduced into Real Betis’ starting eleven.

Match Predictions

Both squads will be entering the pitch with the intent of providing a competitive match this Saturday afternoon. As Middlesbrough have progressed slightly further in their preparations for the new season, and Real Betis have demonstrated their quality, it’s expected that the spoils will be shared in a close contest.

Prediction One – Match Result: Draw 

Given the recent form of both teams and their ongoing preparations for the new season, it’s plausible to predict a draw. Middlesbrough’s win against Rotherham and Real Betis’ loss to Monaco present contrasting forms. Yet, the Spanish side’s strong finish in La Liga last season must not be overlooked. Therefore, predicting a draw seems reasonable.

Prediction Two – Correct Score: 1-1

Analysing Middlesbrough’s previous games and Real Betis’ quality, a 1-1 correct score prediction seems plausible. Both teams have scored and conceded in their previous friendlies, suggesting a balanced match.

Prediction Three – Goalscorer: Marcus Forss

Marcus Forss, a recent standout performer for Middlesbrough, is a player to keep an eye on. His impactful performance off the bench in their previous match suggests a high likelihood of him getting on the scoresheet.

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