Middlesbrough vs Brighton Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 07/01/2023

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England FA Cup - Riverside

* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Middlesbrough vs Brighton – Top Two Tips

Middlesbrough will be hoping to upset the odds in the FA Cup this weekend when they play host to Premier League side Brighton. The Seagulls head into this game on the back of a big win at Goodison Park and will believe they have all that is needed to defeat their Championship hosts.

Brighton to Win

The Seagulls are the favourite to win this cup tie and the omens look good for the Premier League side as well as none of the last 10 meetings between these two clubs have produced a single home win with three of the games ending in draws and the other seven ending in away wins. Middlesbrough have only lost one of their last six matches but it did come against a side ranked better than them in the form of Burnley, while Brighton have won two of their last three outings in the Premier League.

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Over 2.5 Goals

There is a good chance that we will be treated to goals on Saturday if the recent performances of both clubs are anything to go by. Each of Middlesbrough's last five outings have ended with over 2.5 goals being scored, including a 4-1 win over Wigan in their last home game, while five of Brighton's last six competitive and non-competitive games have witnessed at lest three goals scored.

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Everything you need to know about Middlesbrough vs Brighton

Head to Head

27/01/18

England FA Cup FA Cup

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

Brighton

Brighton

0

1

07/05/16

England Championship CHA

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

Brighton

Brighton

1

1

19/12/15

England Championship CHA

Brighton

Brighton

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

0

3

02/05/15

England Championship CHA

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

Brighton

Brighton

0

0

18/10/14

England Championship CHA

Brighton

Brighton

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

1

2

Last Five - Middlesbrough

13/04/24

England Championship CHA

Ipswich

Ipswich

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

1

1

D

10/04/24

England Championship CHA

Hull

Hull

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

2

2

D

06/04/24

England Championship CHA

Swansea

Swansea

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

0

2

W

01/04/24

England Championship CHA

Sheff Wed

Sheff Wed

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

0

2

W

29/03/24

England Championship CHA

Southampton

Southampton

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

1

1

D

Last Five - Brighton

13/04/24

England Premier League EPL

Burnley

Burnley

Brighton

Brighton

1

1

D

06/04/24

England Premier League EPL

Arsenal

Arsenal

Brighton

Brighton

3

0

L

03/04/24

England Premier League EPL

Brentford

Brentford

Brighton

Brighton

0

0

D

31/03/24

England Premier League EPL

Liverpool

Liverpool

Brighton

Brighton

2

1

L

14/03/24

UEFA Europa League UEL

Roma

Roma

Brighton

Brighton

0

1

W

Let's take a look at the latest odds and markets ahead of the upcoming duel between Middlesbrough and Brighton:

Middlesbrough odds: 9/2 (5.50) – 18.2%

Draw odds: 3/1 (4.00) – 25%

Brighton odds: 4/6 (1.67) – 60%

As you can see, Brighton are the clear favourite to win with the bookmakers but there is also a decent chance of the tie ending in a draw. We've backed goals in this game but there isn't a lot between the odds if you want to bet on the Both Teams to Score market. You can get odds of 8/9 (1.89) – 52.9% on BTTS, while a bet on BTTS – No is priced at 42/41 (2.02) – 49.4%.

Taking a look at the possible lineups for this FA Cup fixture

Middlesbrough

Boro made the trip to the midlands to face Birmingham last time out where two goals from Crooks put the visitors 2-0 up. Despite the home side pulling a goal back, Middlesbrough made sure of the points in the 85th-minute when Akpom made it 3-1. Matt Clarke is the main injury concern for the hosts heading into this weekend's FA Cup tie with Brighton.

Predicted Lineup: Steffen (GK), Lenihan, Smith, Howson, Crooks, Fry, McGree, Giles, Hackney, Akpom & Forss

Brighton

Brighton absolutely dominated a poor Everton side at Goodison Park in midweek, running out 4-1 winners. Really, the Seagulls should have won by more and should have kept a clean sheet as the Toffees offered so little going forward. Mitoma opened the scoring and teenage forward, Ferguson, made it 2-0. March got in on the action and Gross added a fourth all before the hour mark. Everton converted a penalty in stoppage-time to make it 4-1. Moder, Webster, Welbeck and Mwepu are all injury concerns for the visitors ahead of their trip to the Riverside.

Predicted Lineup: Sánchez (GK), Veltman, Dunk, Estupiñán, Colwill, Groß, March, Mitoma, Caicedo, Sarmiento & Ferguson

Starting Lineups

*Lineups are usually announced 1hr before kick-off

Player to Watch: Alexis Mac Allister

Brighton's World Cup winner returned to the bench for the Seagulls following his rest after helping Messi and co.

The 24-year-old has a big future in football and it looks likely that he will be sold to a bigger club at the end of the season. The Argentine has been at Brighton since 2020 when he made the move from Boca Juniors and while he hasn;t scored many goals, the ones he does score are usually spectacular.

Mac Allister showed his class in Qatar as Argentina went all the way to lift the World Cup trophy, playing a key role in the heart of the South American's midfield. We expect Mac Allister to play so part in Saturday's match and if he starts the game then you will want to keep a close eye on him to see just how good his movement, positioning and passing really is.

Middlesbrough vs Brighton: Your Questions

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  • Who are the favourites to win? – Brighton are the clear favourite to win.
  • What was the score when these two teams last met? – Middlesbrough 0-1 Brighton (FA Cup).
  • What time is kick-off? – 15:00 GMT, 16:00 CET.

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A lifelong Evertonian, James started writing for an Everton fan site in the mid-2000s and then developed his own blog covering football transfers from across Europe's big leagues before becoming a regular match preview and betting tips writer for Biggest Free Bets. James moved to Free Super Tips next, and then Racing Post, where he worked as a full-time writer for a few years, taking on extra responsibilities such as creating the schedule and assigning out work. Following that, James wrote for a number of websites including Fore Bet before joining Football Whispers in December 2020.