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Middlesbrough Football Club, known as “The Boro”, play in the Premier League. Formed in 1876, they have played at the 35,100 capacity Riverside Stadium since August 1995, their third ground since turning professional in 1889. They were founding members of the Premier League in 1992 and enjoy a healthy north-east rivalry with Newcastle United and Sunderland. The club’s highest league finish to date was third in the 1913-14 season and they have only spent two seasons outside of the Football League’s top two divisions. The club came close to folding in 1986 after experiencing severe financial difficulties before the club was saved by a consortium, led by current chairman Steve Gibson. Middlesbrough were controversially deducted three points for failing to fulfil a fixture against Blackburn Rovers during the 1996-97 Premier League season, resulting in subsequent relegation. However, they gained promotion back to the top-flight in the following season.
Opportunities to Bet on Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough and the Premiership
Middlesbrough are now in their eleventh consecutive season in the Premiership. However, for much of this period they have given the impression of being relegation candidates, rather than potential champions. The bookmakers’ offers of Middlesbrough betting odds in the region of 1500/1 seems an accurate reflection of their chances. Middlesbrough odds of about 10/1 for a top-six finish also make little appeal. However, despite some lacklustre seasons, Middlesbrough odds about relegation are invariably generous, at about the 16/1 mark. For the neutral punter, a bet on Middlesbrough for relegation possibly represents the best value of all Middlesbrough betting.
Betting on Middlesbrough Premiership Matches
In their latest run in the Premier League, Middlesborough have been fairly consistent at their home ground, the Riverside Stadium. However, any good work done at home has been undermined by away form which can only be described as dismal. In the last ten seasons, Middlesbrough’s away record reads won 44, drawn 56 and lost 90. The fundamental problem appears to be the inability to score “on the road”. In the same period, Boro have scored an average of a goal a game away from home, while conceding an average of 1.5. A bet on Middlesbrough at the Riverside may be worth contemplating, but they can safely be opposed away from home, regardless of the Middlesbrough betting odds on offer.
Domestic Cup Competitions
Middlesbrough reached the final of the 1997 FA Cup. However, the “luck of the draw” was evidently with them that season, with Chester City (6-0) in the third round and Hednesford Town (3-2) in the fourth. They put up decent performances to beat Manchester City and Derby County, both away from home, to reach the semi-finals. Lady Luck again smiled, with The Boro drawing Chesterfield, who they defeated 3-0 in a Hillsborough replay, after a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford. In a disappointing final, Middlesbrough were generally outclassed by Chelsea. Italian midfielder Roberto Di Matteo scored from 25 yards in the first minute. Gianfranco Zola and Eddie Newton combined for a second goal seven minutes from time, securing the trophy for the Blues. Middlesbrough generally occupy a position in the top dozen in the FA Cup market, Middlesbrough betting odds generally around the 40/1 mark. They make no appeal as potential winners and there are surely better FA Cup propositions than a bet on Middlesbrough.
The club’s one and only major trophy came with success in the 2004 Carling Cup, with Middlesbrough beating Everton, Spurs and Arsenal en route to the final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Joseph-Desire Job’s second minute goal against Bolton was, at the time, the fastest ever scored in a final. Boudewijn Zenden’s penalty conversion put The Boro 2 up after 7 minutes. A 21st minute reply from Bolton’s Kevin Davies was not enough to deny Middlesbrough the trophy. Middlesborough were also runners-up to Leicester in 1997 and Chelsea in 1998. The layers generally have Middlesbrough odds at around 33/1, which, given their overall record, makes a certain amount of appeal.
Middlesbrough reached the 2005-06 UEFA Cup Final. They qualified for the group stages by beating Greek side, Skoda Xanthi 2-0 on aggregate. They were unbeaten in the group phase, with three wins and a draw. They subsequently beat VfB Stuttgart and A.S. Roma, both on away goals, to reach the last eight. In both the quarter-finals and semi-finals, Middlesbrough overcame 3-goal deficits against F.C. Basel and Steaua Bucuresti, setting up an Eindhoven final against Sevilla. However, Middlesbrough’s good fortune ran out in the final, being walloped 4-0. A 27th minute strike from Luis Fabiano, along with late goals from Enzo Maresca (2) and Frederic Kanoute did the damage.