Middlesbrough vs Leicester Betting Preview, Premier League Betting Tips

Middlesbrough vs Leicester Odds – Monday 2nd January 2017 – 12:30 – Sky Sports 1

Middlesbrough are 17/10 with the draw at 11/5 and Leicester are 9/5

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Middlesbrough welcome Leicester to the Riverside in another round of festive fixtures, continuing with the first period of New Year Premier League action.

Boro come into this match in mixed form, with another defeat, this time a 2-1 defeat away against Manchester United.

They have continued their inconsistent run of form, having lost three of their last four Premier League matches now.

A rollercoaster match at Old Trafford began with a controversial decision, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s early opener cancelled out due to foul play.

Grant Leadbitter (67) ensured Middlesbrough took a shock lead at the Theatre of Dreams, the visitors inspired by the efforts of goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Two goals in two minutes from United ensured that they took all three points, with Anthony Martial (85) and a Paul Pogba header (86) completing an emphatic win.

More Wins Needed

That result means that this fixture against Leicester takes on extra importance, with Karanka side hovering above the relegation zone.

It means that Aitor Karanka’s side come into this match in 16th place, having registered 18 points from their opening 19 matches.

Aitor Karanka’s side will be looking to take advantage of their home matches, they will need to do this if they are to survive in this league.

Boro Favourites

Middlesbrough come into this match as favourites, with home advantage and Leicester’s poor away form informing the odds.

Boro have now conceded seven goals in their last six matches, they will have to discover the art of scoring more goals to win matches.

Middlesbrough have failed to win any of their last 13 meetings with the Foxes, their last win coming in 2002.

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Leicester Still Inconsistent

Claudio Ranieri’s side come into this match on the back of a much-needed win, a hard fought 1-0 win at home against West Ham.

Jamie Vardy began the second of his three-match suspended sentence, after being sent off in the previous match against Stoke.

Islam Slimani (20) scored what proved to be the only goal of the game, heading past in-form Darren Randolph.

It was a sumptuous cross from Marc Albrighton, who’s wicked cross from the right wing managed to find Slimani in the 6 yard box.

Consistency Needed

Given Leicester’s away form this season it was imperative that they capitalise on home form, that win will prove crucial.

The win has seen the Champions give themselves six points breathing space, they will need to start winning points away from the King Power though.

Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani will play for the final time before leaving for AFCON duty, with both players missing until February.

Leicester Underdogs

Leicester come into this match as the underdogs, with their poor away record this season informing those odds.

They will be looking to register their sixth win of the season, they will want to win this match given their precarious position.

Ranieri’s side have an excellent overall record against Middlesbrough, winning 20, drawing 19 and losing 16 of 55 matches.

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Both teams are 1/1 on to score. The first goalscorer odds for Middlesbrough are Alvaro Negredo at 5/1 with Jordan Rhodes at 13/2. For Leicester, Islam Slimani and Shinji Okazaki at 6/1 with Leonardo Ulloa and Ahmed Musa at 13/2.

The last time that these two sides met they drew 2-2 and the odds of the same result are 16/1.

Middlesbrough vs Leicester Odds

Tip 1 – Negredo to score first @ 5/1

Tip 2 – 1-1 draw @ 5/1