Things are still finely in the balance going into the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final between Middlesbrough and Coventry.
Both sides arm-wrestled their way to a goalless stalemate in the first leg on Sunday.
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Coventry, surprisingly, failed to muster a single shot on target, while Boro failed to capitalise when they were on top.
Something will have to give in the second leg, but you imagine, Michael Carrick will be the happier of the two managers going into the clash on Wednesday evening.
But who will punch their ticket to Wembley? We have given you a full lowdown of the game complete with a couple of tips for you to consider adding to your betting slips.
Middlesbrough to eke through to the Final
While the first leg was classified with a lack of significant goalmouth action, the Riverside under the lights should be a different proposition.
Coventry, of course, will be desperate to get back to the top flight after a 22-year absence, but they will need to improve on last week’s showing.
Carrick’s charges, meanwhile, had a disappointing end to the season campaign, but whoever is the more clinical in the second leg, will take the spoils.
Both these sides have made massive strides over the past six months or so, but this feels like Carrick’s time.
For my first pick, I have gone with Boro to dig deep and eke out a 2-1 win, a price that is available at 7/1 with Paddy Power.
Chuba Akpom to steal the headlines
Despite being a bit of a journeyman striker, Chuba Akpom seems to have found his feet at Middlesbrough and he looks to be settled.
29 goals in all competitions would validate that point, and he would love to strut his stuff in the Premier League.
Although he was wide of the mark when he was given a sighter or two of Coventry’s goal last weekend, he could well punish the Sky Blues if given half a chance.
So, to go with my 2-1 score prediction, I fancy Akpom to net a double. If you like the sound of that in the scorers market, then William Hill is offering odds of 9/1 for that outcome.
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