Middlesbrough vs Southampton Odds – Saturday 13th May 2017 – 15:00
Middlesbrough are 13/5 with the draw 5/2 and Southampton are 1/1
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Middlesbrough welcome Southampton to the Riverside Stadium, with only pride to play for in this match.
Boro come into this match in poor form, losing their last match against Chelsea 3-0 at home.
Diego Costa opened the scoring for Chelsea (23), with the striker now claiming a move to China isn’t inevitable.
Marcus Alonso (34) continued his fine season for the Blues, scoring their second just 11 minutes later.
Nemanja Matic (65) settled the contest with 25 minutes to go, relegating Middlesbrough in the process.
It was a result that confirmed Middlesbrough’s relegation to the Championship, after winning just five matches all season.
Time To Rebuild
Boro have struggled since the turn of the year, but their fate was sealed months ago with a long period without a win.
They have won just one of their last six matches, with three defeats and two draws completing the set.
Attention will now turn to the rebuilding phase, with Boro now looking for a new manager and new players.
They will be looking to end their season on a high, with only pride left to play for now.
Middlesbrough come into this match as underdogs, despite enjoying home advantage.
Boro will be looking to register only their 6th win of the season, and avenge the 1-0 defeat earlier in the season at St.Mary’s.
Middlesbrough will be looking to better their recent record against the Saints, with just one win in their last four meetings.
Saints In Mixed Form
Southampton come into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat at home against Arsenal, a poor result for the Saints.
Petr Cech was busy in the first half, with Manolo Gabbiadini and Nathan Redmond forcing him into some fine saves.
Alexis Sanchez (60), produced a moment of brilliance in his 100th league appearance to give Arsenal the lead.
Olivier Giroud (83) sealed the win just seven minutes from time, with another header to give Arsenal a vital three points.
The Saints will feel hard done by, with the home side equal in possession but registering more shots (14).
Ultimately the Gunners were the more clinical side, keeping alive their hopes of Champions League progression.
Saints Need Consistency
Claude Puel will be delighted with their season overall, but their recent run of form is very poor.
They have won just one game in their last six, with the 1-0 win against West Brom their only joy.
The fixture list hasn’t been kind with defeats against Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea in their last six.
They will be looking to end the season on a high, they find themselves in 10th place as it stands.
Southampton come into the match as favourites, with their league position and pedigree informing the bookies.
Claude Puel’s side will be looking to do the double over Boro, and add more misery to their tough season.
The Saints will be looking to make it 16 wins in 34 meetings against Boro, drawing nine and losing the other 9.
Both teams are 8/11 on to score. The first goalscorer odds for Middlesbrough are Alvaro Negredo at 6/1 with Rudy Gestede at 7/1. For Southampton, Manolo Gabbiadini is at 4/1 with Charlie Austin at 9/2.
The last time that these two sides met Southampton won 1-0 and the odds of the same result are 6/1.
Middlesbrough vs Southampton Odds
Tip 1 – Gabbiadini to score first @ 4/1
Tip 2 – Southampton to win 2-1 @ 15/2