Middlesbrough Premier League Betting Preview
Middlesbrough Betting Odds
Premier League betting odds: 1500/1 Betfred
Relegation odds: 11/8 Paddy Power
FA Cup betting odds: 80/1 Coral
Middlesbrough Top Goalscorer betting: To follow
Middlesbrough Betting Preview
Back in the top division of English football for the first time since 2009, it could be argued that Middlesbrough are the best placed of the three newly promoted clubs to retain their Premier League status given owner Steve Gibson’s willingness to back his managers in the transfer market.
Realistically there is very little hope of Boro securing a top six finish, but finishing just inside the top half of the Premier League table isn’t beyond the realms of possibility if they could make another four or five decent signings during the remaining weeks of the transfer window.
It can be a very fine line between success and failure below the top half-a-dozen or so clubs though and if Boro struggle to bring in players of the requisite quality (particularly with regards to goalscorers), then relegation is a distinct possibility.
With the focus likely to be on steering clear of the drop-zone, Middlesbrough might be inclined to treat the cup competitions as an opportunity to rest key players. It will probably be worth waiting to see how the season progresses before deciding whether to back them for either trophy.
- Viktor Fischer (Ajax Amsterdam)
- Bernardo Espinosa (Sporting Gijon)
- Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian – season loan)
- Marten de Roon (Atalanta)
- Victor Valdes (Manchester United)
- Luke Coddington (Huddersfield Town)
- Jonathan Woodgate (out of contract)
- Damia Abella (out of contract)
- Rhys Williams (Perth Glory)
- Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock)
- Andre Bennett (out of contract)
- Jonathan Burn (Kilmarnock – loan)
- Connor Ripley (Oldham Athletic – season loan)
Middlesbrough’s record 2015-16
- Championship – 2nd
- FA Cup – 3rd round (Burnley)
- League Cup – quarter-finals (Everton)
Middlesbrough fixtures 2016-17
Middlesbrough’s first season back in the top-flight for seven years begins at home to Stoke City on Saturday 13th August and, to really welcome them back to the big time, that’s followed by a trip to Sunderland on Sunday 21st August. The Premier League season is set to end with a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday 21st May 2017.
Middlesbrough Betting Tips
The one guarantee with Middlesbrough owner Gibson down the years is that he will invariably show great loyalty to his managers and always back them in the transfer market.
That policy has continued with Aitor Karanka and he’s been quick to add to the existing squad since securing promotion with several decent looking acquisitions. Goalkeeper Victor Valdes was wasted at Manchester United and his statistics from one season in Serie A would suggest that Marten de Roon is a good signing to anchor the Boro midfield. Danish winger Viktor Fischer never quite fulfilled his early promise at Ajax, but at 21 he still has age on his side and if he can come anywhere near close to replicating a strike-rate of close to a goal every three games he managed in the Eredivisie, Boro will be delighted.
There are still more signings to come, with Serbian centre-back Neven Subotic being strongly linked with a move from Borussia Dortmund and Valencia’s one-time Liverpool right-back Antonio Barragan another potential new recruit.
There still remain a few concerns on the attacking front, with there having always been doubts as to whether Jordan Rhodes has enough to his game to succeed at the highest level, while David Nugent has never found goals easy to come by in the top-flight (although he’s always played for struggling teams in fairness).
There is currently speculation as to a loan deal (with an option to buy) for Alvaro Negredo from Valencia. The Spanish international certainly has the pedigree but, after an excellent opening few months in his one full season at Manchester City, the 30-year-old’s career has been on a downwards trajectory ever since. It could prove to be a masterstroke were a deal to materialise, but it’s certainly risky given that he largely featured as a substitute for a Valencia team that was itself been struggling last season.
Official club site: www.mfc.co.uk/
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Manager: Aitor Karanka
Club nickname: Smoggies
Year formed: 1876
Club owner: Steve Gibson
Most League appearances: Reginald “Tim” Williamson (563)
Most League Goals: George Camsell (325)
Middlesbrough FC Club honours
Second Division / Division One / Championship
Winners (4): 1926–27, 1928–29, 1973–74, 1994–95
Winners (3): 1893–94, 1894–95, 1896–97
Winners (1): 2003–04
Winners (1): 1976
Winners (1): 1980