Middlesbrough vs Oxford Odds – Saturday 18th February 2017 – 15:00
Middlesbrough are 1/2 with the draw at 16/5 and Oxford are 11/2
Betting tips and match preview | FA Cup
Middlesbrough welcome Oxford to the Riverside Stadium in the 5th round of the FA Cup, with the visitors enjoying excellent recent results.
Boro come into this match in mixed form, with a 0-0 draw against Everton in their last Premier League fixture.
The home side continued their struggles in front of goal, with their defence holding strong as has been the case for most of the season.
Both Victor Valdes and Joel Robles had excellent matches, with both keepers called into action at various stages.
This result leaves Middlesbrough perilously close to relegation, with just two points separating them and Hull.
More Wins Needed
Despite that result, it means Boro have won just the one game in their last six, a 1-0 win against Accrington.
Aitor Karanka’s side have scored just three goals in their last six matches, they desperately need a goal scorer.
Boro will be looking to let loose in this fixture, their strikers need to find form heading into the business end of the season.
Middlesbrough come into this match as favourites, with home advantage and their Premier League status informing the odds.
Boro have conceded just five goals in their last six matches, they will have to discover the art of scoring more goals.
Middlesbrough will be looking to continue their unbeaten record against Oxford, they have won three and lost one.
The League One side come into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat against Southend, their first defeat in six matches.
Marc-Antoine Fortune (62) opened the scoring for Southend in the second half, with a header from close range.
Theo Robinson doubled the visitors advantage late on, with another header in the 88th minute.
This was less than ideal preparation heading into this huge FA Cup tie, with a hefty home defeat.
In truth it was an off night for the home side, they will have no problems getting up for what is a massive match.
Oxford In Great Form
Oxford United have been in great form of late, despite their first loss in six matches against Southend.
They were on a run of five successive wins against MK Dons, Swindon, Bradford, Newcastle and Rochdale.
The 3-0 win against Championship side Newcastle in the last round was a great win, beating a side going well in the league above them.
United will be looking to get back to winning ways, and in the process claim another victim from the North East.
Same Again For Oxford
The match against Middlesbrough sees the visitors emerge as underdogs, with Middlesbrough’s pedigree winning out.
A win will mean they have won six of their last eight matches, they will be looking to progress further still.
Oxford will be looking to spring another cup surprise, if they were to beat Middlesbrough it would be the first in their history against the Teeside club.
Both teams are 10/11 on to score. The first goalscorer odds for Middlesbrough are Alvaro Negredo and Rudy Gestede at 7/2 with Christian Stuani at 5/1. For Oxford, Chris Maguire is at 8/1 with Kane Hemmings at 9/1.
The last time that these two sides met Middlesbrough won 4-1 and the odds of the same result are 22/1.
Middlesbrough vs Oxford Odds
Tip 1 – Negredo to score first @ 7/2
Tip 2 – Middlesbrough to win 3-1 @ 11/1