Middlesbrough v Arsenal – Premier League
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Middlesbrough can count themselves at full strength for the first time in a number of weeks as Friend, Fabio and Ramirez all return, the latter two being expected to begin. Chambers is the only absentee as he’s ineligible, which is an ongoing loss defensively. A change back to 4-3-3 is expected, having experimented with a few different shapes of late, all with very limited success. Despite playing against a much stronger opponent, this game is effectively must-win for Middlesbrough, who are rapidly running out of time to save their season. They are lacking belief and have no momentum, being without a win for a long time. A draw would normally be a good result and would at least provide some belief moving forward. They need to take some risks, but it’s not really their nature. They need to be well organized defensively to have any chance of coming away with a result, but getting the balance between defense and attack will be key. They can’t compete in open, high scoring games, and if they fall behind it’s very unlikely they have the capability of coming from behind to take any more than a draw. If level late they will likely push on, needing to try and win the game.
Arsenal are likely to be handed a really big boost with both Cech and Koscielny set to return from injury, improving defensive strength considerably. They are still minor doubts, but Wenger rates their chances of starting at 80%. This leaves them close to full strength, with a couple of rotations expected, Ramsey and Giroud having good chances of being included in the line-up in positive changes. The mood at the club is very poor, with another defeat last time out leaving their top four hopes hanging by a thread. They need a win and anything but three points would be viewed as a disaster, piling more pressure on Arsene Wenger. The squad lack belief but do have the quality edge over their opponents, so if they are motivated they are more than capable of coming away with a win. They’ll dominate possession and territory for long spells, but need to make sure they get the balance right, as the more they commit forward, the more vulnerable they’ll be. If they are patient space will open up, but they’ll have to work hard to make the initial breakthrough. Scoring first changes nothing, but from behind they’d have to really open up, but it’s a test of mental fortitude.
Verdict & Prediction
Arsenal are in a bad way mentally, with the loss to Crystal Palace last time out really harming their chances of making the top four. The mood at the club is poor, with constant unrest around key players and the manager making it hard for the squad to focus solely on matters on the pitch. Playing away could allow them to play without too much pressure, and traveling to a struggling Middlesbrough, anything less than a win would be viewed as a terrible result. I recommend the over 2.5 goals option.
Prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.62 SBOBET (1.77 when sent to Premium Subscribers)