MIDDLESBROUGH v WOLVES – ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP
March 4 2016, Riverside Stadium, 19:45 GMT+0
Middlesbrough has a great opportunity to finish 1st or second in the league and with that being directly promoted, and the team, as well as boss Aitor Kranka are all well aware of that. The coac showed his optimism with statement “We’re in a good position. “Last season, we were worse off than we are now. “We have a good game against Wolves on Friday so I’m calm because I trust this squad and we have to keep going.”
They are 1 point behind the league leaders Burley and have 1 game in hand, so a win today will mean the “Boro” will take first place in England Championship.
Last 9 matches weren’t that good for the home side, as they were able to win only 3 matches, and because of that they slipped to 3rd place. With that in mind they need to improve their performances and they have a great opportunity today to do so at Riverside Stadium against 13th placed Wolves. Wolves do not seem as a threat to Middlesbrough, as they only won 1 out of last 5 away matches, compared to Middlesbrough, who lost only 1 home match in the last 5.
If we take a look at missing players for the home side, central defender Ayala will miss this one due to ankle injury. As for Leadbitter’s performance is doubtful, so Clayton or Ramirez might join the starting XI.
Wolves are coming from a win against Derby (2:1) and are hoping to extend that to today’s match. Even though that was a first win in 7 matches, coach Kenny Jackett is hoping it is a start of a good form and they will try to show that today. The “Midlanders” are currently 12 points off the play-offs and 14 points away from relegation zone, so they are somewhere in between. They are hoping to finish this season strongly and possibly climb the league table.
Wolves will be without Williamson and Zyro and are hoping to welcome back Henry and possibly La Parra, even though he was booed off by Wolves supporters in the recent defeat at Brentford (3:0) due to comments he made about his wage.
All in all Wolves will probably finish the league at the approximately the same spot as they are currently, but we must not underestimate them. But nevertheless, they surely are not a threat to Middlesbrough, who won last 3 match ups between these two and even with lack of great form lately I predict the home side will win this one.
Prediction: Middlesbrough -1
Odds: 2.01 Pinnacle