Free tips Premier League: Manchester United v Middlesbrough prediction (3pm, Saturday)
MANCHESTER UNITED VS MIDDLESBROUGH PREDICTIONS, BETTING TIPS & MATCH PREVIEW
Saturday 31st December 15:00, Old Trafford.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS MIDDLESBROUGH PREDICTIONS
NUMBER OF MANCHESTER UNITED GOALS :
More than three at 7/5 with Coral
Henrikh Mkhitaryan at 9/4 with Paddy Power
Aitor Karanka takes his Middlesbrough side to Old Trafford in desperate need of Premier League points, with Boro having lost three of their past four league matches, the most recent being their 1-0 Boxing Day defeat at Burnley. Having won just once away from home this season, it should be extra tough for the newly-promoted side, while Manchester United’s recent upturn in form should similarly worry Karanka.
Manchester United have won their previous four Premier League games, which should certainly scare Middlesbrough, as should the fact that Henrikh Mkhitaryan returned from his recent injury with a goal against Sunderland on Boxing Day.
James Wilson and Luke Shaw remain out for the Red Devils, but Wayne Rooney has a chance of returning from the slight thigh injury that kept him on the sidelines against Sunderland. For Middlesbrough, they’ll be without the injured Viktor Fischer and the suspended Antonio Barragan.
With Barragan having been Boro’s second most-used player this season, his absence from the right-back spot should be a major blow and will make the task even more daunting for the visitors.
Giving Middlesbrough a slight cause for optimism will be the draws they secured away at Arsenal and Manchester City earlier in the season, but this in-form United side should prove too strong and the 8/25 odds with MarathonBet for them to pick up the three points are worth considering.
An even more profitable prediction would be the bet on the home side to score over three goals in this one. Coral’s 7/5 odds are certainly tempting, while the fact that United have already scored 3+ goals in five of their home matches this season backs this bet’s case further.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS MIDDLESBROUGH ANYTIME SCORER ODDS
The man most likely to find the back of the net for Manchester United in this one is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the 35-year-old Swede in incredible form. In his past seven Premier League matches, he has etched his name onto the scoresheet eight times and Unibet have him 7/9 odds to score anytime in this one.
This looks like being one of the smartest betting tips of the day, while an outside prediction could be to back the just-returned Mkhitaryan at Paddy Power’s 9/4 odds. He has scored in his past three outings in all competitions, so it would be far from surprising if he finds a way past Víctor Valdés.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS MIDDLESBROUGH VERDICTS
On paper, this should be a fairly simple win for Jose Mourinho’s side. Their opponents are struggling and are the third-lowest scorers in the division, while Manchester United are on the up and have won four consecutive matches for the first time in the 2016/17 Premier League season.
Everything mentioned in this Man Utd v Middlesbrough betting preview points to them making it five from five, with the in-form Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan itching to get on the scoresheet once again.