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Middlesbrough v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

09:47 BST 30/03/2018
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Boro have improved under Tony Pulis but Nuno Santo’s Wolves are a dominant Championship force and our tipster fancies them to win at the Riverside

Play-off contenders Middlesbrough welcome title favourites Wolverhampton Wanderers to Teesside in the Championship on Good Friday.

Wolves need just four wins in their next eight games to rubber-stamp their return to the Premier League, and three points here would also help them beat Cardiff City to first place.

Boro, meanwhile, will finish the day in the top six should they win as they look to return to the top flight via the playoffs.

Latest odds

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are rarely available at odds-against quotes, so the 13/8 (2.63) on them recording a 26th league victory of the campaign looks good value.

They have already lost to promotion contenders Cardiff, Fulham and Aston Villa this season, though, and Middlesbrough are 7/4 (2.75) to join that list. The draw is 21/10 (3.1).

Team News

Diogo Jota could be out for another two weeks due to an ankle injury. However, Wolves still have an impressive front trio of Ivan Cavaleiro, Helder Costa and Benik Afobe, with the latter bagging four goals in his last four.

Middlesbrough target man Rudy Gestede is out for the rest of the season, but full-back Fabio Da Silva is closing in on a return from a thigh injury.

Daniel Ayala put in an outstanding 60-minute performance at Brentford last time out, despite not training in the preceding week and he should be fit here after a two-week break.

Back overs

Seven of Wanderers’ last nine games have seen three or more goals, as have each of Boro’s last three home games.

While Tony Pulis might want a tight encounter, their visitors boast players like Ruben Neves and Conor Coady who can switch play with ease.

It would also be wrong to expect Adama Traore and Patrick Bamford to stay quiet for 90 minutes, so the 13/10 (2.3) on over 2.5 goals looks good value.

Preview and predictions

For our best bet, though, we’re siding with the league leaders. Wolves to win with over 2.5 goals, a bet that would have landed in 14 of their 38 league games including three of their last four, is tempting at 4/1 (5.0).

Although Boro are worthy competitors, Santo's men should prove a class above as they look to wrap up promotion as early as possible.

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

Wolves to win and over 2.5 goals 4/1 (5.0) with bet365 for a 1.5pt stake