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Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Town Prediction and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
8 December 2023, 12:32

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The EFL Championship is back in action this weekend as the race for Premier League promotion continues. On Saturday, December 9, Middlesbrough will be hosting one of the top sides in the second division this term, Ipswich Town. The kick-off at Riverside Stadium is scheduled for 3 pm local time.

The hosts finished fourth last term but the 2023/24 campaign has been less successful, something to take into consideration in the Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Town prediction. The visitors, meanwhile, are on their way to achieve their second consecutive promotion after finishing as runner-ups in League One last term.

Middlesbrough Preview

The expectations were high at Boro ahead of the 2023/24 campaign as Michael Carrick’s men finished fourth last term and qualified for promotion play-offs. However, Middlesbrough started the season with a series of seven winless matches, and despite improvements in following weeks, they find themselves sitting in 12th place with 27 points after 19 matches. MFC have a record of 31 scored and 29 conceded goals.

Important for the Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Town tips is the hosts’ recent form, who have recorded two wins, one draw and two losses in the last five matches. They are coming after a 3-2 defeat to Leeds United, another promotion contender.

Ipswich Town Preview

Ipswich Town can be considered the big revelation of the 2023/24 campaign so far. Only promoted from League One at the start of the season, the Blues are currently second in the EFL Championship with 45 points. They are only one point behind league-leaders Leicester City.

In terms of form, Ipswich are doing better than the hosts, having recorded three wins, one draw and one loss in the last five matches. Kieran McKenna's men boast the best attack in the second division with 41 scored goals, although their defence is mediocre at best, conceding 25 goals in 19 matches.

Despite the recent form, though, the Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Town odds are closer than perhaps expected.

Betting Tips Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Town 

Both teams to score? Yes

The first thing to expect in our Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Town prediction is goals. And to kick things off, we predict both teams to score on Saturday, with Bet365 offering 1.57 odds on it to happen.

We have hailed the visitors’ attack but Middlesbrough’s numbers cannot be ignored either. Only five teams have netted more goals than Carrick’s side, and that is despite the terrible start to the season they had. Given Ipswich average-at-best defence, the hosts should end up on the scoresheet. 

At the same time, we also expect the Blues to score on the road. This EFL Championship campaign so far, Ipswich have failed to score in one single game – the 2-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion. But that was a game against the league’s second-best defence, and Boro’s backline certainly does not compare.

Over 2.5 goals

In fact, our Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Town tips will not stop at just two goals, we expect more than that. Meanwhile, the odds on over 2.5 goals stand at 1.66 on Bet365.

Since both teams are attack oriented with less focus on defensive security, it is often that their matches end with a large score. For Boro, there have been at least three goals in four out of the last five matches. The exact same numbers are true about the visiting team.

Although Middlesbrough sit mid-table at the moment, they are just three points away from play-off spots, so the season is definitely not over for Michael Carrick and his men. A positive result against Ipswich will go a long way, that’s why we do not expect the hosts to sit back and defend on Saturday. This will open the game on both ends, making for an entertaining watch.

Over 9 corners

Since we believe that the clash between Boro and Ipswich will result in a large number of scoring opportunities, it is only logical to expand these ideas onto corner kicks, which go hand in hand with high-scoring games. Bet365 gives 1.57 odds on over 9 corners at Riverside Stadium.

If we are talking about Middlesbrough, there have been at least nine corner kicks in four out of their last five EFL Championship matches. The exception here is the 1-0 win over Leicester City which is explained by the Foxes’ conservative playing style.

For Ipswich Town, this number is smaller – just two games with at least nine corners in recent weeks. Nevertheless, our bet here is that Middlesbrough’s playing style will invite Ipswich to create more shooting opportunities and also allow more shooting opportunities. This should, in turn, result in an increase in the number of corner kicks.

Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Town tips are suggestions, not a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement in the end.