Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Betting Tips – 15th May 2018
Aston Villa find themselves with one foot in the playoff final. Steve Bruce’s men were the underdogs for their first leg match against Middlesbrough but a 1-0 victory at the Riverside leaves Villa in the driving seat.
Bruce was delighted with the way his players stuck to their task at the Riverside. He is, though, far too experienced to allow them to even start thinking that the job is done.
Middlesbrough battled to a 0-0 draw at Villa Park way back in September and are a tougher proposition now with Tony Pulis at the helm. Pulis has plenty of top flight experience to call upon on Tuesday night so you can be sure that Boro will make a game of it in one of the biggest matches of their recent history.
That 0-0 was the smallest attendance of the season at Villa Park but the biggest crowd of the year is expected on Tuesday as the Villa fans turn up cheer their team towards victory and Wembley Stadium.
Aston Villa to Do Enough to Book Their Place at Wembley
Aston Villa’s first campaign in the Championship ended in a disappointing 13th place but the appointment of Bruce and some shrewd signings over the summer meant they were one of the favourites to win promotion with the bookies second time around.
Villa barely flirted with the automatic promotion places though. With just one week in second place, Bruce knew that his job was to ensure that he guided the Villains to the playoffs where their quality and experience would hopefully count.
Reaching the playoffs was the pre-season goal for Middlesbrough as well as they sought an instant return to the Premier League.
Garry Monk paid the price for falling short of those expectations when he was sacked with Boro ninth in the table in December. Monk wasn’t the most popular manager with the players and Tony Pulis made sure to get his new squad onside as soon as possible.
The players do appear to be giving their all for their new manager which is reflected in their impressive defensive record. However, a lack of real quality going forwards has cost Middlesbrough already and we think it will cost them again at Villa Park.
Only two sides scored more goals that Villa in the Championship this season and they should have the firepower to book their place at Wembley with a win on Tuesday night at odds of 13/10 with Boylesports.
Fast Start Can Kill Middlesbrough Off Early
Middlesbrough fans were hopeful that their team could carry their strong finish to the season into the playoffs. It wasn’t to be at the Riverside and that disappointment will have dealt a big blow to morale among the club.
Aston Villa can capitalise on that low morale by starting Tuesday’s match off quickly and looking to kill the tie. If Villa manage to get an early lead, there is every chance they will coast to victory so we like the look of the 11/2 that Coral are quoting on the home side scoring over 2.5 goals.
It may also pay to have a bet on the game’s first goal being scored in the opening 10 minutes which is available at 4/1 with Betfair.
Snodgrass to do his Talking on the Pitch
It didn’t work out for Robert Snodgrass at West Ham but he’s had a very good season on loan at Aston Villa.
The Scotland winger never holds back when he feels that one of his teammates have made a mistake and applies those demanding standards to his own performances. That approach chimes with many of his teammates and has made him popular both on and off the pitch.
Snodgrass is very dangerous when cutting in from the right and his impressive season may well have another highlight if he scores Tuesday night’s first goal at 17/2 with Paddy Power.