Ipswich Town v Middlesbrough betting preview – Boro will continue promotion push

Middlesbrough can now focus on promotion to the Premier League after exiting the Capital One Cup

Ipswich Town v Middlesbrough betting preview – Boro will continue promotion push

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Glen Laidlaw

December 2nd, 2015

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Middlesbrough were dumped out of this season’s Capital One Cup by Everton on Tuesday evening, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu scoring for the Toffees and sending them into the semi-finals of the competition at the expense of ‘Boro.

A good cup run is a boost for both supporters and club alike, however Middlesbrough’s principal focus this term will be on promotion back to the Premier League for the first time in six years. Indeed, with the side currently sitting comfortably in second position in the Championship table with just two points separating them from table-toppers Brighton, things are looking good for the Teessiders.

Middlesbrough’s form has been pretty impressive this season with five wins in their last six Championship games and a single defeat at the hands of title challengers Hull City. Indeed, the visitors will be in confident mood following their most recent Championship outing in which they secured a relatively easy three points against Huddersfield Town. A win for Middlesbrough in this match is 13/8 with Bet365.

Following the defeat to Everton in the cup on Tuesday evening, England international Stewart Downing said to the club’s website: “It was difficult game against a really good team. We always knew it would be. But that’s over now, our priority is the league, the cup was a bonus.

“We can’t be harsh on ourselves. We never gave up and were never far away from scoring a goal which might have made a difference to the game. The league is the main priority, we know that, but we’re disappointed we didn’t score. They’re a Premier League team, but we played some good football at times, but it’s back to the league, that’s always been our main aim, but we’re disappointed to have gone out of course.

“As I say, obviously the priority is the league and we take confidence from the way we have played against good sides like Manchester United and Everton. They were clearly different types of games to those we face in the Championship. It wasn’t to be, we’ve had a good cup run and that’s given us a lot of confidence.

“Playing in front of a full house against teams like Manchester United and Everton is a massive motivation to play those teams every week. I quite like that we’ve got a game on Friday, win it and we go top, there’s even more motivation.”

The home side will be eager to further boost their own ambitions of promotion by clinching a maximum points haul at Portman Road on Friday. Mick McCarthy’s men currently sit just outside thew play-off places with only goal-difference separating them from the Championship top six.

Having been unbeaten in any of their last six league games, they will be in high spirits, especially so given that they head into this clash on the back of a comprehensive 3-0 hammering of a poor Charlton Athletic side. Indeed, striker Freddie Sears is of the belief that the Tractor Boys are very well placed to continue keeping the pressure on the top six teams, starting with a welcome victory on Friday evening. He told the Ipswich website:

“We believe we should be in the top six, but we’ve got to just keep getting those points and come the end of the season, we’ll hopefully be in the play-offs. We can be confident going into the Middlesbrough game now. We will be confident because we’re six unbeaten, so we’re looking forward to it. We’ll rest up then we’ll be ready for Friday.”

Much is clearly at stake in this match and we’re expecting a rather cagey affair between two teams who look very much to be genuine title contenders. Nevertheless, Ipswich will enjoy the comforts of home, while Boro are enjoying some excellent form at the moment, therefore we believe that a single point apiece would be a satisfactory outcome for both sides. Back Ipswich v Middlesbrough to end in stalemate at 12/5 with BetVictor.



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