One of the Championship favorites Middlesbrough FC get their season underway at the Riverside Stadium as they take on another Championship promotion hopeful West Bromwich Albion in the evening kick off.
Both these sides will be optimistic of a successful season this time around with Middlesbrough in particular fancied to do well under the leadership of experienced manager Chris Wilder.
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What TV channel is the Middlesbrough v West Brom game on?
The match is the early evening kick off on Saturday 30th July 2022. The Middlesbrough v West Brom match is being shown live on Sky Sports Football, and is the featured evening kickoff from the Championship today.
Middlesbrough were one of the playoff contenders in April, but due to a poor run of results towards the end of their season, they missed out on the playoffs, finishing seventh.
Boro won three of four friendly matches in preparation for their new campaign; they’ll look to start their season with a win.
West Bromwich Albion are coming off back-to-back wins against Hertha Berlin and Oxford United; they looked good in pre-season, with four wins, a draw and a loss in six friendly games.
Steve Bruce’s men are unbeaten in their last four matches; will they be able to extend that run against Middlesbrough?
Tip 1: Middlesbrough to win
Middlesbrough impressed in a 2:0 win over Olympique de Marseille last week; they’ve enjoyed some fine form lately, with three wins in their last four games. Like Boro, West Bromwich Albion have done fairly well recently; they are unbeaten in their last four matches, with three wins and a draw.
It’s fair to point out that West Brom tend to struggle against Middlesbrough; they managed just one win in their last eight meetings with Middlesbrough.
Considering Boro won four of the last six encounters between these two; coupled with the fact that they have the advantage of playing at home, Middlesbrough should win.
Tip 2: BTTS yes
West Bromwich Albion found the back of the net in seven of their last eight games, including their last four; they’ve averaged exactly two goals per game in that eight-game stretch.
Conversely, West Brom have conceded their fair share of goals; they have seen their defense breached in four of their last six matches.
Just like West Brom, Middlesbrough found the net in seven of their last eight games; again, like West Brom, they conceded in four of their last six matches.
These are two teams that score and concede regularly; with this in mind, we should expect goals at both ends.
Tip 3: Over 2.5 total goals
We’ve mentioned that West Brom averaged exactly two goals per game in their last eight matches; as a result, their matches usually feature plenty of goals.
In fact, five of West Brom’s last seven games went above the 2.5 goal mark.
It’s also important to note that Middlesbrough averaged exactly two goals per game in their last eight matches; five of their last six games saw at least three goals scored, with three of their last five games going over 4.5.
Considering these teams are averaging two goals per game, this should be a high-scoring affair.