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Coventry v Middlesbrough Free Bets, Betting Tips & Predictions

Coventry and Middlesbrough will face off in the first leg of the Championship play-offs semi-final tie at the Ricoh Arena at midday on Sunday.

A dramatic final day of the Championship season saw Sunderland take the final play-off spot, while Millwall and Blackburn were edged out.

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Middlesbrough, who finished fourth in the table, five points clear of Coventry, will have some knowledge of the Sky Blues, having been held to a 1-1 draw on the last day of the campaign.

Michael Carrick has done an excellent job in charge of Boro, who need a big push in the last few weeks if they are going to get back into the promised land of the Premier League.

The play-offs are always dramatic and nerves will inevitably be shredded, but who will put themselves on course for a trip to Wembley at the end of the month?

We have scoured the markets and picked out a couple of juicy tips for you to sink your teeth into ahead of kick-off.

Middlesbrough to provide a telling blow

Initially, at the beginning of the campaign, there was some cause for concern when it came to Boro’s form on the road, but they gathered some momentum as the season wore on.

While they lost their last two games away in the Championship, the play-offs are a bit of a lottery and Carrick will have got his men well drilled for this clash.

Coventry, on the other hand, beat Middlesbrough 1-0 earlier in the season at the Ricoh Arena, and they will relish their chances.

However, there is a fear that the goals could dry up, as they only hit more than two goals in one of their past eight Championship matches.

I have been a bit bold for my first pick, but I think Boro will land a telling blow in the first leg. I have gone with Boro to win to nil, a price that is trading at an inviting looking 7/2 with Paddy Power if you fancy following up on that.

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Coventry vs Middlesbrough Tips

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Cameron Archer to continue mesmerising run

Having only joined Middlesbrough on loan from Aston Villa back in January, Cameron Archer has made its presence felt.

He has been an ever-present fixture in the first team, and he finished the season on a high, firing five goals in his last five Championship outings.

Coventry will have been warned of Archer, who could head back to Villa at the end of the season and be a more prominent part of Unai Emery’s plans.

In the meantime, that will be the furthest thought from Archer’s mind, and he will be focussed on gunning down Coventry.

And it could well be that Archer may strike late to break the deadlock for Middlesbrough. William Hill is offering an intriguing price of 8/1 for Middlesbrough’s opening goal to arrive between the 61st and 75th minute of the game.

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Coventry v Middlesbrough Predictions

Expecting visitors to break the deadlock in the second-half

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Charles Perrin

Charles Perrin

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