He’s the man the supporter’s wanted and now Tony Mowbray is ‘Boro’s choice to drag the underachieving Teessiders up the Championship.
Mowbray’s first game in charge is the visit of bottom-club Bristol City and this certainly looks like one of those occasions when the appointment of a new manager can reap instant dividends. The Riverside will be rocking as fans welcome a Boro legend back to the club and the change at the helm can inspire the hosts to a fourth win of the season, a result William Hill offer at a tasty 19/20.
Also primed for a home win are Barnsley, who entertain Hull. Admittedly the Tykes have lost three of their last four matches and have suffered back-to-back 3-0 defeats but their form at Oakwell is fairly impressive, they’ve won four out of six on home soil, and their last match there saw them register a 3-1 success against Nottingham Forest. Couple this with the poor away record of a Tigers outfit winless in five and Mark Robins’ men start to catch the eye at 11/8 with Paddy Power.
At Pride Park, the highest home scorers, Derby are pitched against the team with the most away goals, namely Watford and logic would suggest that a high-scoring affair is a distinct possibility. Bet365 offer 37/40 for the two sides to generate three or more goals and it’s the Rams that can grab the most of those.
Nigel Clough’s troops, 13/10 favourites, went down 2-0 at Millwall last week, but that was their first defeat in seven and they’ve been rampant on home soil. The Hornets meanwhile, come into the match having lost three of their last five.
Another match that looks set to produce goals is at the Walkers Stadium where Leicester and Preston lock horns. The visitors’ last six games have seen ‘keepers pick the ball out of the net a whopping 30 times and at least three more goals are likely here (4/5, bet365).
Finally, Sheffield United’s inconsistency suggests that sixth-placed Coventry are overpriced at 12/5 () to leave Bramall Lane in possession of a maximum haul and the Sky Blues are an appealing 6/4 in William Hill’s ’Draw No Bet’ market.
Middlesbrough to beat Bristol City – 19/20 (William Hill)
Barnsley to beat Hull – 11/8 (Paddy Power)
Double on games at Derby and Leicester to produce over 2.5 goals apiece – 12/5 (bet365)