English Championship: Game Week 10
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
3rd October 2023
Middlesbrough will welcome Cardiff City at Riverside Stadium in Game Week 10 of the English Championship. Middlesbrough are on a four-game winning streak across all competitions and will be looking to extend that run. Who will come out on top after 90 minutes?Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
Middlesbrough's recent turnaround in form, going from seven consecutive losses to earning six points from their last two games, suggests that they will avoid any Halloween horrors if they continue to perform well in the upcoming weeks. After a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Southampton and a convincing 2-0 win over Bradford City in the EFL Cup, Middlesbrough secured their third consecutive victory in a thrilling five-goal game against Vicarage Road. Although Riley McGree's two goals were countered by Vakoun Bayo and Wesley Hoedt, Josh Coburn ultimately scored the winning goal in the 63rd minute, much to the delight of the away fans. With this three-game unbeaten streak, Middlesbrough has moved out of the relegation zone and now sits in 21st place in the Championship. However, it is worth noting that they have not kept a clean sheet in their last nine home league matches, a weakness that Cardiff City will likely exploit.
Middlesbrough Predicted Lineup
Dieng; Van den Berg, McNair, Fry, Smith; Hackney, Howson; Greenwood, Crooks, McGree; Coburn
Cardiff City form
The recent string of victories for the visitors in the Championship did not have any significance in the EFL Cup, as they were eliminated with a 5-2 loss to Blackburn Rovers. However, they returned to their winning ways against Rotherham in Wales. It took patience from the Cardiff City Stadium fans, but Kion Etete scored in the 56th minute and Perry Ng sealed the win in the 90th minute. Cardiff has been on a winning streak, defeating Swansea City, Coventry City, Sunderland, and Rotherham in their last four Championship matches, securing their place in the playoffs. Their away form has been poor, with only one point earned from four Championship away matches where they conceded 10 goals. Despite their win against Sunderland, Middlesbrough should not be underestimated. Last season, Cardiff won 3-2 at the Riverside, but Middlesbrough got revenge with a 3-1 victory away from home in February. They have won three out of their last four games against Cardiff, who are aiming for promotion.
Cardiff City Predicted Lineup
Alnwick; Romeo, Goutas, McGuiness, Ng; Ralls, Siopis, Wintle; Tanner, Etete, Ugbo
Middlesbrough vs Cardiff City Expert Tips
Middlesbrough will face a significant challenge on Tuesday night, testing their recent display of determination. Carrick's defense, specifically on the left-hand side, is expected to suffer against this strong opposition. On the other hand, Cardiff has a history of defensive breakdowns when playing away matches this season. A thrilling draw could continue to boost the positive atmosphere at Riverside Stadium. We however expect them to win the game with over 2.5 goals predicted throughout the game.