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Football Betting: Tips for Middlesbrough v Aston Villa

The value lies with the hosts, and their top scorer, in this Championship play-off semi-final first leg.

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

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

Middlesbrough to win to nil –

Middlesbrough have won seven of their last eight home matches, not conceding more than once in any of them.

Aston Villa have failed to score in three of their last five away games, so the smart money is on a home win to nil.

Britt Assombalonga to score –

Tony Pulis proved his faith in Assombalonga by naming him in the starting XI on the eve of this match.

The 25-year-old has scored two goals in his last three games, so that selection is justified.

George Friend to be carded

Friend has been booked in three of his last five games, including in both of his last two at the Riverside.

No player involved in this match has been booked more often this season.

Muhamed Besic to be carded

Besic has also been booked in both of Boro’s last two home matches.

All four of his cautions since signing on loan from Everton in January have come against top-half opposition.

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