Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Betting Tips
Liverpool, in pursuit of a bounce back win after two successive stumbles in their title race, heads to the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday evening. The Reds’ defensive shortcomings were exposed once again when they drew 2-2 at home against relegation strugglers West Ham on Sunday. Liverpool surrendered a 3-1 lead the previous week against Bournemouth and lost 4-3. Liverpool’s midfield contingent have been in lethal form this year and their attacking prowess remained uncompromised in their recent games even though they have lost one of their most potent threats, Philippe Coutinho to injury. Yurgen Klopp would be looking to improve on his side’s substandard defending and keep pace with fellow title contenders Arsenal and Chelsea.
As a newly promoted team, Middlsebrough would be happy with what they’ve achieved so far and would be hoping to move towards a safer territory in the standings by salvaging something against Liverpool. They have shown that they are capable of neutralizing the big guns as they have shared spoils with Arsenal and Manchester City earlier this season. However, Middlsebrough have constantly struggled in front of the goal this season and their scoring woes continued when they travelled to St. Mary’s last weekend. The visitors attempted only two on target shots in the whole match as Southampton picked up a routine 1-0 win.
Alvaro Negredo(hamstring) might return in action for The Boros but Gaston Ramirez(foot) is ruled out of the clash. The duo missed the trip at St.Mary’s on Sunday.
Emre Can missed the match against West Ham with a knee problem and is still a doubt. Dejan Lovren who was subbed off early against The Hammers is also a doubt. Philippe Coutinho(ankle) and Daniel Sturrige(calf) will remain sidelined.
This would be an interesting match to watch-A team struggling to keep their back four tight against a team who have scored the least number of goals in the league. We believe Liverpool have enough firepower at their disposal to outweigh the hosts and the final result would be 2-1 for Liverpool.
- Middlesbrough(16th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
0-1(Away, Southampton)1-0(Home, Hull)2-2(Away, Middlesbrough)0-1(Home, Chelsea)1-1(Away, Manchester City)
- Liverpool(4th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
2-2(Home, West Ham)3-4(Away, Bournemouth)2-0(League Cup, Home, Leeds United)2-0(Home, Sunderland)0-0(Away, Southampton)
HEAD TO HEAD
|Total Played||Liverpool wins||Boro wins||Draws|
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- Liverpool last 20 away games-9 wins, 8 draws, 3 losses
- Middlesbrough last 20 home games-11 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses
- Middlesbrough’s last Premier League encounter with Liverpool ended in victory, winning 2-0 at the Riverside. Xabi Alonso scored an own goal with Tuncay Sanli scoring the other goal.
- In the last meeting in all competitions between Middlesbrough and Liverpool, the Merseyside outfit progressed from a League Cup tie 14-13 on penalties, after a 2-2 draw at Anfield.
- Liverpool haven’t won a Premier League game in Middlesbrough since March 2002, drawing four and losing three contests there since.
- In fact, Middlesbrough have conceded just once in their last seven home games against the Reds (Fernando Torres in January 2008).
- Middlesbrough have attempted only 38 shots on target in the Premier League this season; a league-low.
- In fact, Boro haven’t attempted more than four shots on target in any of their 15 Premier League games so far in 2016-17.
- Liverpool have scored the most goals (37), has the most shots in total (280) and attempted the most shots on target (101) in the Premier League so far this season.