Middlesbrough were one of the most-impressive teams in the Championship last season, beaten in the play-off semi-finals, but this season hasn’t gone quite to plan for Boro so far.
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Middlesbrough had a horrific start to the 2023/24 campaign and even looked set to be among the relegation candidates after six or so matches. Boro were able to turn their form around and shoot up the table, closing in on the play-off spots after some big wins - including a 4-0 hammering of rivals, Sunderland.
Middlesbrough then lost to Stoke and drew 3-3 with Plymouth after taking the lead twice in recent games. But just as their form looked to be on the downswing once more, Michael Carrick’s side secured a massive 1-0 win over 1st-place Leicester City on November 11. However, the North East outfit suffered another setback last time out as they fell to a 3-2 defeat vs Leeds on Saturday.
Boro return to action on December 9 with a home clash vs 2nd-place Ipswich. A win would hand Middlesbrough a massive boost in their playoff push.
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Middlesbrough Championship Promotion Odds
Currently down in the bottom third of the division, Boro are not fancied to make their Premier League return in 2024, priced at 11/2.
Middlesbrough Championship relegation odds
Despite their lowly league position, Bet365 do not expect Boro to stay towards the bottom of the division, priced at a whopping 50/1 to drop into the third-tier for the first time since 2007.
Middlesbrough FA Cup Odds
If there is one away day a Premier League team does not want in the FA Cup this season, it will be Middlesbrough. Not only could a considerable travel distance be required, but this Championship outfit is not to be messed with.
Then again, one wonders if Middlesbrough want the hassle of an FA Cup run, especially if it is to the detriment of their promotion hopes and for this reason more than any other, the Riverside Stadium are only 100/1 to lift the trophy.
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Middlesbrough may not be favourites to win this season’s edition of the EFL Championship, but at the same time they will certainly be considered as part of the promotion mix. They were awfully close to the top two last time around, can they go one better come next May?
Whether you are backing them to win the title or simply go up via the play-offs, we will have all the best betting tips and offers available. Whether it be a win in the first week or the last, our website will provide you with the best bookmaker beating insights.
In the six seasons that have been contested since relegation out of the Premier League in 2017, it is fair to say that Middlesbrough have been something of a mixed bag. Dalliances with the play-offs to go alongside midtable mediocrity has largely been the order of the day.
Never enough to really threaten the teams at the very top of the table, never really a concern when it comes to relegation to League One. That was until the 2022/23 edition of the Championship – a season that offered both variables in a single campaign.
By the time Chris Wilder had been given the boot last October, relegation to the third tier was a rather viable concern and although his replacement was never going to be able to fix things overnight, he certainly did an incredible repair job.
A job that was taken by former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick and although he had previously been part of the Old Trafford managerial machine, the Riverside Stadium would be his first permanent outpost.
An outpost that may have Carrick eventually rubbing shoulders with his previous employers and if the trajectory of progress continues at the same pace that it did in his first six months, the next six months could be rather positive.
Of course, it is far easier to surge up the Championship table from a lowly position and the ability to complete the final mile is what hampered Middlesbrough at the back end of last season. A fourth place finish would eventually go alongside despair in the play-offs.
However, this should not undermine the transformation job that Carrick achieved and to look negatively on Boro’s failure to earn automatic promotion, would ignore the incredible football that was played in the second half of last season.
As always, the three teams that were relegated from the Premier League are favourites to go back up. Then again, it only needs one of them to fall short and the window of opportunity is there for Middlesbrough to climb right through.