Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Steve Bruce’s Villans are in pole position in this Championship play-off tie and our tipster fancies them to edge past Tony Pulis’ Boro at Villa Park

After a 1-0 win at the Riverside Stadium in the first leg of this Championship play-off semi-final tie, Aston Villa now host Middlesbrough in Tuesday’s second leg.

The Villans did the hard work in the north-east thanks to Mile Jedinak's goal, and now just need to avoid defeat at home to qualify for the final at Wembley.

Steve Bruce’s side are 11/8 (2.38) favourites with bet365 to be promoted via the play-offs, while the Teessiders are available at 5/1 (6.0).

Latest odds

Villa are 5/4 (2.25) to win in 90 minutes or 12/5 (3.4) to record a draw, with either outcome booking their place in the play-off final.

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, are 5/2 (3.5) to win the second leg - the perfect time to get their first victory against the Midlanders since 2008.

Britt Assombalonga Middlesbrough 2017-18

Team News

Neil Taylor and Axel Tuanzebe could be out for Villa with hamstring and ankle injuries respectively, so Alan Hutton looks set to fill in at left-back with Ahmed Elmohamady at right-back again.

Tony Pulis has no fresh injury concerns but Fabio da Silva and Patrick Bamford will both be pushing for starts.

Villa clean sheet?

Steve Bruce’s side have faced Middlesbrough three times this season and are still yet to concede a single goal against them.

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The partnership of John Terry and James Chester came to the fore in the second half on Saturday and bet365 offer 6/4 (2.5) that they lead Villa to another shut-out 

Preview and predictions

A home win with under 2.5 goals is priced at 3/1 (4.0) and looks good value considering two of their last three wins have seen just one goal.

Villa have won 22 of the 24 games in which they have scored the first goal this season and those game management qualities will be applicable in this second leg.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.​

Betting Banner - Best Bet Aston Villa to win with under 2.5 goals 3/1 (4.0) with bet365 for a 1.5pt stake

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