Seeley’s Selections – Middlesbrough v Brentford Stats & Tips
Middlesbrough v Brentford
Friday night’s football has a massive game in store. Middlesbrough entertain Brentford at the Riverside with a place at Wembley up for grabs in the Championship Play-off final.
These two meet in their semi-final second leg and I’m expecting a very decent match-up.
Middlesbrough have beaten their visitors on the three times they’ve met already this season.
Aitor Karanka’s side also finished the season a place and seven points higher and have the best home record in the division whilst the B’s have lost 12 of their 23 away matches, so BoyleSports 20/21 on the home side is banker material then?
These are the play-offs and literally anything can happen and they usually do. I believe this one will be a lot closer than those odds suggest.
How Brentford lost last week in West London I still don’t know. The 2-1 smash and grab victory flattered Middlesbrough and they will feel very hard done by when making the long trip for this one, trailing in the tie.
For long periods of the second half there was only one team in the game and then they were hit by a 94th minute sucker punch.
Brentford are a constant threat going forward and goals are pretty much expected whoever they play, but they are very vulnerable at the back and that is what’s putting me off making a case for them at BoyleSports 16/5.
I like the draw at what looks a massive 13/5 with BoyleSports and one thing I’m confidently predicting is a few goals.
As we have seen already second legs of play-off matches are much more gun-ho affairs and this isn’t going to be any different. I can see them scoring; the problem is, I can see them conceding too.
I really like the “yes” on both teams to score in this one at BoyleSports 3/4 which has happened in 10 of the last 13 Brentford games. BoyleSports are 10/11 on over 2.5 goals scored in the game which has been a winner in two of the three meetings this season.
With goals expected and honours more than likely to be shared if you want a handsome pay-out when you place a bet, then why not stick a quid on the old “desmond” 2-2 which looks nicely priced at BoyleSports 12/1.
This could be Mark Warburton’s last match in charge of Brentford. They have nothing to lose and I can really see them having a good old go at the home side on Friday.
Warburton and his players have been amazing since he was informed by the board that he would be sacked at the end of the campaign, despite given the supporters the best season in the club’s history.
Warburton’s team will always put in a performance for their gaffer, but I think it might fall just short of a winning one.
Both Teams To Score – YES @ 3/4
Over 2.5 Goals @ 10/11
Correct Score 2-2 @ 12/1