Aitor Karanka's men are targeting their first home win of the Premier League campaign but our tipster expects goals galore when Walter Mazzarri's men travel north
Middlesbrough's search for their first home win of the Premier League season continues when Aitor Karanka's side play host to Watford on Sunday afternoon.
Boro have picked up just a single point from their opening three top-flight tussles at the Riverside Stadium so far this season and the team from Teesside will therefore be desperate to secure a win over Walter Mazzarri's men.
Karanka's charges are chalked up as a 5/4 (2.25) chance to pick up three precious points from this fixture, while the visitors are good value at 9/4 (3.25) to bag all three points; the odds compilers also offer 9/4 (3.25) that the two teams are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
Middlesbrough have won just one of their last 12 competive outings and their inability to get over the line in matches must surely be a source of concern and frustration to Karanka; as such, the 5/4 (2.25) quote for Watford in the draw no bet market is not without appeal.
The Hornets have been hampered by inconsistency so far this season, but Watford will feel that they are capable of getting amongst the goals, having scored nine times in their last four Premier League fixtures.
Troy Deeney will certainly relish the prospect of lining up against Middlesbrough once again, for the Watford striker, who sits on 99 goals for the club, has found the net in each of his last four appearances against Boro. Paddy Power offer 11/2 (6.50) that the 28-year-old continues his scoring streak in this fixture with the opening goal on Teesside.
Backing goals could well provide punters with a path to profit, for there have been three or more goals scored in five of Watford's last six Premier League matches, as well as in three of Boro's last four fixtures in the top flight.
Furthermore, there have been goals at both ends in all but one of Watford's eight games in all competitions this season, while Karanka's side have both scored and conceded in seven of their last eight competitive outings.
The 4/5 (1.80) quote for both teams to find the target may well prove popular with punters, but better value lies in the generous 11/10 (2.10) quote from Paddy Power for Sunday's showdown to produce more than two goals.
The selection would have landed in all but one of the last six league matches that Mazzarri's men have played and, at odds against, the price is worth backing ahead of this weekend's match.
|Over 2.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power|