Middlesbrough vs Birmingham prediction, Odds and Betting Tips 05/10/2022

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Middlesbrough vs Birmingham: Our top betting tips

Middlesbrough are struggling down in the relegation zone as things stand, which is the result of a disastrous start. Can  Boro get a win here to edge out of danger? Find out with our Middlesbrough vs Birmingham match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.

Calling it a draw

We begin our tips here by backing a draw and, actually, we're really surprised by the bookies. They have Middlesbrough priced as quite heavy favourites but, in our eyes, that just doesn't make sense. Boro have won just two of their last 10 games losing five and drawing three. Birmingham meanwhile had been in a really poor place but have now taken eight points from their last 12 with each of their two games ending level. Combine that recent form with a head to head record across the last five as two wins a piece and one draw and we can't really separate the sides once Boro's home advantage is factored in.

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A low scoring match

Our next prediction for this match comes from the total goals market and we are opting for under 2.5. Middlesbrough have seen three of their last five games go south of that 2.5 cut off with a game average of just 2.0 goals in that period. Birmingham meanwhile have also seen three of five go under 2.5 goals but with a marginally higher goals per game ratio; their average comes in at 2.2 per game. On top of that recent form you can also check out the head to head record where you'll find each of the last three clashes between these sides have ended with fewer than three goals.

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Last Five - MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough

26/11/22

UK Friendlies UK

Hibernian

Hibernian

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

0

2

W

12/11/22

England Championship CHA

Norwich

Norwich

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

1

2

W

08/11/22

England Championship CHA

Blackpool

Blackpool

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

0

3

W

05/11/22

England Championship CHA

Bristol City

Bristol City

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

1

1

D

01/11/22

England Championship CHA

Hull

Hull

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

1

3

W

Last Five - BirminghamBirmingham

11/11/22

England Championship CHA

Sunderland

Sunderland

Birmingham

Birmingham

2

1

L

08/11/22

England Championship CHA

Swansea

Swansea

Birmingham

Birmingham

2

2

D

05/11/22

England Championship CHA

Stoke

Stoke

Birmingham

Birmingham

1

2

W

02/11/22

England Championship CHA

Millwall

Millwall

Birmingham

Birmingham

0

0

D

28/10/22

England Championship CHA

QPR

QPR

Birmingham

Birmingham

0

2

W

Can Brum extend their four game unbeaten streak?

Middlesbrough's hangover from last season has finally seen them swing the axe to Chris Wilder meaning they come into this match without a manager, however, that won't automatically solve their problems; Birmingham, who are far from flying just three points above third bottom Boro, are in a good vein of form having won two and drawn two in their last four. Boro will be craving a win but Brum would take an away draw now – especially with their hosts one of the sides below them.

The injured Darragh Lenihan is a big miss for Middlesbrough – that's undeniable. That said though, he is the only player missing from the squad meaning they should have enough to start getting results. Whether they will or not remain to be seen.

Middlesbrough Predicted lineup – Steffen, Clarke, Fry, Dijksteel, Bola, Smith, Howson, Crooks, Mowatt, Watmore, Muniz

Birmingham's might have a few players out injured with Harlee Dean, Nico Gordon and Przemyslaw Placheta all sidelined but that hasn't hampered them in the last few games so they won't be lacking confidence as they rock up at the Riverside.

Birmingham Predicted lineup – Ruddy, Longelo, Trusty, Sanderson, Colin, Graham, Bielik, Bacuna, Chong, Deeney, Hogan

A quickfire FAQ on Middlesbrough vs Birmingham

Middlesbrough vs Birmingham prediction

  • Where is the match being hosted? – Riverside
  • Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Middlesbrough
  • What time does the match kick off?  19:45 GMT