Middlesbrough v Ipswich Betting Tips
So, it’s the last lot of games in 2018: we start our Dec 29 Championship betting tips with Middlesborough v Ipswich. It’s an important time of the season when we find out which of the early promotion contenders are serious and which are merely taking up a place before falling off the pace when we get into the thick of winter. Middlesbrough has threatened a push for the last few seasons without it ever amounting to anything; however, they are a club with operating costs that say they can’t spend too many years outside of the money-spinning Premier League. They have all the qualities of a top-flight football team, including the fanbase; however, the current crop of players must get them there.
Boro has been fairly unconvincing during December; they dropped points in the early exchanges vs Aston Villa and Blackburn at the Riverside and QPR in London. They were also knocked out of the EFL Cup at the quarter-final stage on 18 December despite being heavily backed to beat lowly Burton Albion. Hesketh scored the only goal of the game on 48 minutes; that completed a stunning result that very few saw coming. Victorious manager Nigel Clough called it an absolutely remarkable achievement by his band of battlers who won the day despite having only two shots on target. Boro only managed one during what was a woeful second-half; that ensured they had no one to blame but themselves.
If Middlesbrough has been finding wins hard to come by of late, opponents Ipswich have been luckless from the start; they can be found stuck down at the wrong end of the table as a result, staring relegation in the face. They failed to win 20 of their first 22 games; that left them bottom of the pile with an astonishing -19 in the goal difference tally. If they aren’t able to arrest that slump early in the new year, they will be in serious danger of dropping off the pace; they may even find themselves drifting towards League One. It’s time to panic if you’re a follower of Ipswich.
They did secure a rare league win earlier this month when grabbing three home points courtesy of a 1-0 upset over Wigan Athletic on 15 December. That result didn’t appear in too many accumulators; however, few could begrudge them the points after Sears scored to make the difference on 67 minutes. That handed Paul Lambert his first win as boss of Ipswich; he’ll be hoping it’s a result that injects some much-needed confidence into the ranks and paves the way for them to put a run of form together. Lambert called it the best performance he had seen since his arrival.
Follow the Form
On form over the course of the season you’ve really got to fancy Middlesbrough to take advantage of playing at home and getting their promotion push back on track with three points. On paper they have much the better squad; however, we can’t automatically write off an Ipswich side who have been poor so far but are improving under the watchful eye of experienced boss Paul Lambert. They’ll arrive at the Riverside determined to put up a fight.
Taking a closer look at this fixture and the head-to-head stats show at least one team has failed to score in four of the last five renewals; we’re going to stick with that, especially as both have struggled for league goals of late too. Take no in the both teams to score market as our main bet with odds of 4/7 at BetFred; you could push your luck a little further and back Middlesbrough to win to nil for a bigger price of 11/10 at Bet365. That can be backed as a super single, or added to small multiples of two or three. You could even add it to the accumulator of the day.
West Brom v Sheff Weds Betting Tips
S, we’ll move on to the second of our Dec 29 Championship betting tips. It wasn’t clear how West Brom was going to handle life in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League; however, they prepared well in the summer and that’s really beginning to pay off. After a pre-season of change, The Baggies find themselves in the promotion mix; at this stage of the campaign, they look to have every chance to grab a place in the top-two or, at the very least, finish in the promotion play-off spots. A strong winter could also put them on course for a title challenge. Therefore, results achieved in December will have a massive say in how 2019 goes for West Brom and their fans.
They started with a 1-1 home draw against Brentford on 3 December in a match they really should be winning, given just how poor Brentford have been this term; they were also held to a point when finishing 2-2 with Aston Villa in what was a real treat for neutrals. The Baggies scored an overdue win when playing on the road, scrapping their way to three points thanks to a 2-1 over Sheffield United. McGoldrick gave The Blades a lead early in that tie but Barry and Gibbs fired back on 41 and 76 minutes to turn the match on its head.
Owls Looking For Better
Will Sheffield Wednesday fare any better than their neighbours did against West Brom? Their recent league form tells us it’s a big ask; they won just six of their first 22 games this season and were found treading water down in the bottom half of the table, flirting dangerously with the relegation zone. The promotion push many fans had them marked down for in pre-season has failed to materialise; unfortunately, they appear to be stuck in the same poor form that cost them so dear at the tail-end of last season, despite making changes.
Wednesday were hammered 4-2 by Blackburn on the opening day of the month; that gave fans a taste of things to come. They then held on for a draw in what was a four-goal thriller when hosting Rotherham United before again ending empty-handed; unfortunately for them, they left Wales on the wrong side of a 2-1 result. Swansea scored the points through Celina and Routledge, despite falling behind to an opening goal from Sheffield’s Matias on 63 minutes. All three goals were scored within nine minutes of each other in a crazy spell of football that decided the outcome.
Keep It Simple
In this match we have a team pushing for promotion against an opponent in danger of being sucked down into the relegation zone; we think it’s worthwhile keeping things simple and backing the higher-ranked side who have more to play for. The league positions of both are what they deserve, and we don’t expect The Owls to turn things around anytime soon. Back West Brom to add another victory to their tally, heaping pressure on the visitors at odds of 7/15 at Unibet.
This will be the second meeting of these sides this season; the pair previously played their part in what was a thrilling 2-2 at Hillsborough earlier in the campaign. Wednesday worked hard for the points that day; although, having said that, we don’t expect them to have nearly as much luck this time. Back both teams to score in a home win for a better price of 2/1 at Ladbrokes. That will give you an interest for much of this match and we’re hopeful both managers play their part and target the points, ensuring another open contest. We’ve had nine goals scored in the last three games and that means over 2.5 goals at 13/8 at Bet365 in this one rates as a handy alternative to those looking to build up the accumulator of the day.