Middlesbrough host Hull at the Riverside at midday on Sunday afternoon and Jonathan Woodgate’s side are desperate for some positivity. Boro currently sit in the Championship’s bottom three which is a completely alien position to them, having always been in and around the Premier League and the second tier’s elite.
Middlesbrough are winless in their last nine Championship games, a much-needed win against Hull could bring themselves out of the relegation zone and spark some positivity. But whether that can happen seems highly doubtful currently. Hull are in great form away from home and have only lost once in their last six and they have won three of their last four away from the KCOM Stadium. Hull will arrive at the Riverside on the back of back-to-back away wins over Nottingham Forest and Fulham which is couple of very impressive results.
The pressure is mounting on Boro manager Jonathan Woodgate and it remains to be seen how much longer the Middlesbrough hierarchy can tolerate this downwards trend. They need a big result against Hull and I wouldn’t be too confident in them getting one.
There are a few players out injured for Middlesbrough including Ryan Shotton, Rudy Gestede and Marcus Browne. There is suggestion that Boro manager Jonathan Woodgate will make one change for the match against Hull with experienced midfielder Adam Clayton coming in to replace Marcus Tavernier in central midfield. George Saville is out suspended for the next two games after picking up a straight red card against Derby.
Hull will miss both Angus MacDonald and Jon Toral through injury. Toral will be ruled out until February as he begins his recovery from a knee injury. Grant McCann is expected to make a change up front with Tom Eaves coming into the fold.
Hull don’t have the best record at the Riverside, but they are catching Middlesbrough at the best time and I expect them to get a result. Draw no bet at Evens looks like an excellent pick, if they can go to Forest and Fulham and pick up three points then there’s no reason why they can’t overcome a struggling Boro side who are only heading in one direction.
Another bet which looks to have good value is both teams to score ‘no’ which can be found at 2.25. There isn’t a great deal to suggest that both teams will score on Sunday afternoon and I am surprised to see the price so high. Middlesbrough have failed to score in four of their last five matches, including their last two at the Riverside. Hull are on a three-match run without both teams scoring, they were 3-0 winners at Fulham in their last away match, keeping the side with the league’s top goal scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic quiet.
With Adam Clayton potentially returning to the fold, I am eyeing him up as a candidate to pick up a yellow card. It looks like it has strong value at 4.50. Clayton was a player who picked up a booking every three matches on average last season. He only has one to his name so far this campaign, but he hasn’t been the regular starter that he once was.