Middlesbrough vs Everton
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 11th February 2017
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough has continued to struggle this season as the team has been winless in their last seven matches. As a result, they have dropped to the 15th spot of the 20-team English top flight table, only one point above the bottom three relegation zone. They are tied on points with Leicester City and Swansea City but has the highest goal differential.
The Smoggies are coming off a sorry 0-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on the road at the White Hart Lane last Saturday for their second loss in their last three games, as per The Guardian.
Spurs striker Harry Kane provided the lone goal in the contest for the hosts as he scored a penalty kick in the 58th minute off a foul by Middlesbrough defender Bernardo Espinosa on South Korean forward Son Heung-min.
Meanwhile, Everton pulled off a high-scoring 6-3 victory over lowly squad Bournemouth at their home ground of Goodison Park also last Saturday, ESPN reported.
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku was the man of the match for head coach Ronald Koeman's side as he scored four goals, in the first, 29th, 83rd, and 84th minutes, to lead the Toffees in their six-goal masterpiece.
James McCarthy and Ross Barkley scored the other two goals for the hosts in the 23rd and 90th+4 minutes.
Bournemouth had a brace from Norwegian midfielder Joshua King in the 59th and 70th minutes and also one goal from Irish midfielder Harry Arter at the stroke of full-time.
The win was Everton's fourth in their last five games as they are now five points behind sixth-running team Manchester United in the seventh spot in the overall standings.
Prediction and Predicted Lineup
The predicted result is a 3-0 rout by Everton.
Middlesbrough starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): Valdes; Chambers, Espinosa, Gibson, Da Silva; de Roon, Clayton, Forshaw; Traore, Negredo, Downing
Everton starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): Joel; Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines; McCarthy, Barry, Schneiderlin; Barkley, Lukaku, Lookman
Middlesbrough vs Everton: Head to Head Statistics
Boro and the Tofees have played a lot of games in the past, Boro have won 31 games and lost 57 games against Everton.
Everton have dominated their recent meetings, winning their last 4 games against Boro.
Everton are unbeaten in their last 8 games against Boro, they have won 6 of the games and drawn twice.
Middlesbrough are winless in their last 3 home games against Everton, they have lost the 3 games.
Boro have won 25 home games against the Tofees, drawn 15 games and lost 17 games.
Middlesbrough vs Everton: Prediction
The Tofees are slight favorites in this game, considering their recent form and their quality performance last week. They are expected to keep up with the good work they have in progress.
Boro are not far away from the drop zone, the game won’t be easy for them as they are in a fight to avoid going down. We expect the game to be a tough tussle for both sides but we see Everton as eventual winners.
Middlesbrough vs Everton: Bet Tips
Everton to win at 2.05
Lukaku to score at anytime at 2.25