Middlesbrough v Brentford Preview

May 14, 2015 | By

Coral Free BetsChampionship Semi Final 2nd Leg Play Off action Friday night comes from The Riverside Stadium and features Middlesbrough versus Brentford.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Middlesbrough v Brentford Preview, Championship, Semi Final Play Offs, 15th May 2015

Middlesbrough were rather fortunate to win the 1st leg match last week as the game looked like it was heading for a 1-1 draw until Fernando Amorebieta found the perfect time to score the first goal for his club by volleying in the winner deep into injury time at the end of the game.

That victory could be crucial to Middlesbrough chances of making the play off final where they will face either Norwich City or Ipswich Town and I fully expect the whole squad will be confident of obtaining the right result come Friday night in front of their home fans.

Brentford will certainly have felt hard done by after losing the 1st leg 1-2 as they did actually play quite well, but to concede a goal deep into injury time at the end of the game has got to have had a massive impact on the players confidence and it is going to be difficult for their manager to get them up for this one, especially at having lost against Middlesbrough in the league that Riverside Stadium 4-0 back in September last year.

Middlesbrough Team News:

The hosts have pretty much a full squad for this game on Friday night and have been boosted by news that Jonathan Woodgate and Patrick Bamford both look likely to start this game.

Woodgate has been absent with a hamstring injury since April last year, but has now fully recovered in what could be a crucial time for his club.

Patrick Bamford needed 10 stitches for a nasty gash in his leg, but has came through midweek training without any further problems and is likely to be picked to start this game by his manager.

Brentford Team News:

The visitors will be without Scott Hogan as he continues to receive treatment for a long term knee injury, but Lewis Mcaleod is expected to start having now fully recovered from a hamstring problem he had been suffering with since January move from Rangers.

Middlesbrough v Brentford Head to Head Statistics:

Friday night’s 2nd leg match will become the 14th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Middlesbrough have won 6 times, 4 having came with home advantage, where as Brentford have won 4 times, with just 1 of those having came at the Riverside Stadium.

Our head to head statistics table below shows the previous five matches played between the two clubs over recent years and as we can see it has been Middlesbrough who have dominated proceedings having won 4 with Brentford having failed to win any and the remaining game having finished all square.

08/05/15 CHA Brentford v Middlesbrough 2 : 0
31/01/15 CHA Brentford v Middlesbrough 0 : 1
20/09/14 CHA Middlesbrough v Brentford 4 : 0
26/04/47 PRL Brentford v Middlesbrough 0 : 0
20/12/46 PRL Middlesbrough v Brentford 2 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

33 Goals have been scored in the previous 13 matches played between the two clubs over the years and this provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.54.

14 of those Goals have been scored in the previous 6 matches played between the two clubs at the Riverside Stadium and this generates us an average goal scoring statistic for this match of 2.33.

Both sets of data seem to suggest that we should see a minimum of at least 2 goals scored in this game on Friday night.

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Middlesbrough v Brentford Recent Form (Left to Right)

Middlesbrough: W W L D W

Brentford: L D W W L

Middlesbrough will head into this game as the team with a slight advantage on the recent form statistics as they have managed to win 3, draw 1 and lose 1 of their previous five matches played, compared to Brentford who have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 2 of their previous five matches played.

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Middlesbrough v Brentford Match Betting Odds Market

Middlesbrough are the clear favourites to win this game and that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as they did win the 1st leg last week 2-1 and did beat Brentford twice in the league this season and their current best price of EVS with Ladbrokes – £25 Free Bets for New Customers, does look good value considering they also have home advantage.

The Draw is definitely a result that could happen in this game as there was very little between the two teams during that 1st leg match last weekend and the draw does also look good value at a current best price of 11/4 with Betfred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets for New Customers.

Brentford are currently a best price of 10/3 with Bet365 – £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers, and that does look about right considering they are the away side and got beat twice by Boro this season in the league.

Middlesbrough v Brentford Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

From what we saw last week during the 1st leg I would expect this game to be just as tight, but now that Middlesbrough have home advantage where they hammered Brentford 4-0 in the league this season, I do expect the hosts to win this game on Friday night and they look good value at their current odds on offer from various online bookmakers.

Brentford obviously have nothing to lose now having lost that 1st leg 2-1 and I think they have to throw caution to the wind a bit in this one if they are to stand any real chance of making the final at Wembley at the end of the month.

The average goals per game statistics are expecting this match to see at least a couple of goals, but I would fancy Middlesbrough as the side to score them as I don’t really see Brentford having the necessary firepower up front to trouble the hosts defence.

As such my Banker prediction for this game is going to be for Middlesbrough to Win as for me they have a much stronger squad than their opponents who will be in confident mood at having won the 1st leg last week and beating Brentford twice in the league this season.

My Saver is going to be for Boro’s top goalscorer this season Patrick Bamford to Score 2 or More Goals as I think the Brentford players will almost certainly give up any fight left in them once Boro take the lead and this should leave plenty of space for Bamford to exploit the defence.

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