Middlesbrough v Brighton | Saturday 7 May | 12.30 kick off
The biggest game of the weekend see’s Middlesbrough and Brighton battle it out for automatic promotion or if Burnley fail to win, to sneak top spot. Brighton are outsiders to take the three points on their travels, priced at 9/4. Middlesbrough are favourites to do the job on their home soil, they are priced at 6/5. The draw, which benefits Middlesbrough, can be backed at 23/10. In the reverse fixture back in December, it was Middlesbrough who came out on top in a convincing 3-0 win.
Middlesbrough need to win to be in with a chance with winning the league. They face a tough opposition in Brighton, but will be hopeful they can replicate the performance they showed earlier on in the season. They will know that a draw will be enough to see them into the Premiership, and they will not want to take their chances in the play-offs. They could be in danger of holding out for the draw, this could create a lot of pressure on their defence. They will have been disappointed to be in the position they are in, failing to win in their last three games. Most recently they failed to see off the job against Birmingham. They showed their grit after going a goal down, scoring goals either side of half time through Rhodes and Ramirez. However, they could not hold on to the lead and Birmingham equalised – the game finished 2-2. They will know they will need to do a bit more to seal the points against Brighton.
Yet to ever play Premiership football, Brighton will definitely be looking to seal a place in the automatic promotion spots. They will know a lot of things have to go their way for them to win the title, however they will be happy to clinch promotion. Brighton will be disappointed to be in the position they’re in, failing to beat Derby last weekend has left them in a must win position this weekend. Things looked to be going horribly wrong when they went a goal down to Derby in the 71st minute. Their woes were increased when Dunk got himself a second yellow card in the 83rd minute. It was not until Wilson saved the day in the 95th minute that Brighton drew level. This was a saved point, however a win would have kept them on par with Burnley.
Both sides need to focus on getting the job done and not on what Burnley are doing. This will a very tense affair and it could just boil down to who wants it more.
Wilson to score last – 7/1