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Football Betting: Tips for Aston Villa v Middlesbrough

The visitors can rely on their mean defence and a fast start to get themselves back into this Championship play-off semi-final.

14 May | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Football Betting: Tips for Aston Villa v Middlesbrough

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Here’s Adam Drury‘s pick to get you started…

Aston Villa to score under 1.5 goals –

This would have landed in five of Villa’s last seven home matches, including all of their last three.

Middlesbrough have restricted seven of their last 10 opponents to one goal or fewer on the road, so this should be safe.

Middlesbrough to score in the first half –

Villa have conceded during the first half in five of their last seven home matches against top-10 sides.

Boro have netted inside the first 45 minutes in nine of their last 15 games, and haven’t failed to score in any of their last seven on the road.

George Friend to be carded

Friend’s first-leg booking was his fourth in six matches, and his second against Aston Villa this season.

With so much on the line in this game, a 12th caution of the campaign looks a good bet.

Robert Snodgrass to be carded

Snodgrass was booked for the 10th time this season in Saturday’s first leg, of which four have come against top-six teams.

The Scot – who was cautioned in this fixture in September – was also carded in the second leg of the play-off semi-final two years ago when playing for Hull.

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