Market: Middlesbrough win
Odds: 6/5 @ 888sport
Looking to lay down another Championship marker on Saturday afternoon, a high-flying Middlesbrough will make the trip to a struggling Swansea.
Starting with the hosts, while Swansea might have managed to claim a much-needed 2-1 victory against Blackpool last month, it appears that was nothing more than a minor boost. Last seen over the weekend putting in yet another downbeat display as they were hit with a 1-0 loss at the hands of Luton, Russell Martin’s side are in the midst of another extended rut. Although the Swans might essentially find themselves sat in Championship limbo this year, the former MK Dons boss has seen his side win just one of their previous nine matchups across all formats. With that run stemming all the way back to January 14th, Swansea have continued to show some rather glaring defensive struggles. Recording just a single victory at the Liberty since opening 2023, Martin’s side should be bracing themselves for another real test here.
As for the visitors, while Swansea might be enduring an extended Championship struggle, Middlesbrough find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Making an immediate return to winning ways last weekend as they claimed a stunning 5-0 romp at home against Reading, it is no secret that Michael Carrick’s side have their sights set on securing a famous Premier League return this season. Only continuing on a remarkable purple patch since appointing the former Manchester United coach, another victory here could move Boro within just a single point of breaking into the automatic promotion spots. Riding what has been a stellar wave of momentum, it should be noted that Saturday’s guests have won 10 of their previous 12 Championship showdowns. Given the huge recent gulf in class, we’re backing an away victory for the top-two contenders.
Bet: Middlesbrough 6/5 to beat Swansea in Saturday’s Championship battle @ 888sport
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