Free football betting tips for Middlesbrough v Everton in the Capital One Cup as The Blues visit the Riverside in an intriguing clash. We have free betting tips for the match.
Middlesbrough v Everton – Betting Tips
Everton were much fancied to dispatch of injury plagued Bournemouth on Saturday, they thought they had done enough, but Junior Stanislas (or Stanis-laus if you're John Motson) had the final say and the points were shared. They must lift themselves for this quarter final match against Championship high flyers Middlesbrough.
Aitor Karanka's side have had good success in the cup recently, famously beating Manchester City and taking Liverpool all the way to penalties. They also saw off Manchester United in the last round to set up this encounter with Roberto Martinez's men.
There are no European distractions for the Toffees this season and they stand a real chance of winning this competition, but this is a very difficult challenge, just days after the gruelling the afternoon at the Vitality Stadium.
Middlesbrough weren't completely convincing against Huddersfield at the weekend, but they got the job done and they kept ANOTHER clean sheet. The Teessiders have had a fine season defensively and they appear to be scoring more than previous seasons. David Nugent and Christian Stuani still aren't scoring enough goals for a strike partnership of that calibre, but I'm sure that will come.
Team news is key for this game and Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Joel Robles will start for the away side and you imagine that Romelu Lukaku will get a place up front. The powerful frontman has been praised by Martinez this week and the Belgian got a start against Barnsley in the early rounds of the competition, you imagine he will lead the line here.
Gareth Barry and James McCarthy are both doubts after picking up injuries at the weekend and the midfield duo will be greatly missed.
Karanka and Martinez are old friends of course, but it will be less than amicable once the action gets underway. Middlesbrough are a force to be reckoned with, particularly at home. The majority of their defeats have been away this season and they will be a tough nut to crack.
Everton have a soft underbelly as they displayed at the weekend and no team managed by Martinez can ever seem to defend. I think Boro can take advantage of this and at least take the Premier League side to extra time.
The first of the Middlesbrough v Everton betting tips is Middlesbrough +1 Handicap, It can be backed at 4/7 with Coral
Despite their high number of shutouts, Middlesbrough might find Lukaku and Delofeu handfuls and struggle to cope with their creativity. Everton have been scoring goals for fun recently whilst they are always liable to leak at the other end. Fuenes Mori got his first goal at the weekend, but without Phil Jagielka, there's something about Everton that seems less organised at the back.
The second of the Middlesbrough v Everton betting tips is Over 2.5 goals. It can be backed at Even money with Coral
It's hard to back against Romelu Lukaku on recent form. He hit the 50 Premier League goal mark recently and although he can be frustrating at times, he always looks a threat. He can give the Middlesbrough defence trouble and find the net during the 90 minutes.
The third of the Middlesbrough v Everton betting tips is Romelu Lukaku to score anytime. He can also be backed at Even money with Coral
Middlesbrough v Everton Betting Tips
Middlesbrough (+1) Handicap – 4/7
Over 2.5 goals – Evens
Romelu Lukaku Anytime Goalscorer – Evens
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