West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough are two of the teams which impressed in the first two fixtures of this Premier League season.
Although generally viewed as relegation candidates, the two teams picked up points in some rather challenging situations and are clearly looking to start the new season in full force. Three points from this direct encounter would mean a lot for both teams, but who has more chance of winnings?
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West Bromwich vs Middlesbrough
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West Bromwich clearly has experience on their side, playing the Premier League almost non-stop in recent history. They currently sit on 3 points, which they won away from home against Crystal Palace, losing their other game versus Everton.
Their style of play hasn’t changed dramatically – still the same defending and counter-attacking ideas, while their head-to-head record against Boro doesn’t tell us a lot: they haven’t lost in the most recent 5 encounters, but they all took place quite some time ago – 6 or 7 years.
On the other hand, Middlesbrough has a morale advantage, after being unbeaten in their first two games after their return to top-tier football. Stuani’s double ensured a 2-1 victory against Sunderland away from home, after a 1-1 draw on Day 1 against Stoke.
While not being the most spectacular team in the world, they seem to put a high price on efficiency and remind us of other hard-working teams in the PL, like Bournemouth, Watford or Crystal Palace. Let’s see if this high-effort capacity will bring them the 3 points.
Since we can’t foresee a clear winner for this tie, we will do what we always do: turn our attention to other types of bets. For starters, an under 2,5 goal bet seems like a great idea – since both teams lack quality in attack and like to defend.
On the other hand, West Bromwich plays almost exclusively on the counter-attack, so possession might be on Boro’s side, even if they play away from home.
Total Goals – Under 2.5: 1.50 or 1/2
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