Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough Soccer Prediction Today
Defending their advantage in the first leg, Aston Villa host Middlesbrough on Tuesday, May 15. The confrontation is worth the first phase of the playoffs that will indicate the third and last place of Championship, the Second Division of the English Championship, for the dispute of the edition 2018/2019 of the Premier League. It will be held at Villa Park in Birmingham, starting at 3:45 p.m. (GMT).
Acting at home on Saturday, May 12, Middlesbrough were defeated by 1 to 0. So needs to win two goals to advance. Success by minimum margin leads to the decision for penalties. The owners of the home, just the draw so that hopes of reaching the elite division of football in England are still alive.
A goal from Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak (26 matches in the 2017/2018 Championship, two goals), just after 15 minutes of the first half allowed Aston Villa to act in the way they like: locked in the defense awaiting counterattack opportunities .
With possession of the ball in only 38% of the time, the team managed to produce 11 finishing opportunities. Middlesbrough, with the ball in the feet 62% of the game, tried to shoot the rival’s goal 16 times. However, the great difference in this aspect was recorded in quality. Four of Aston’s shots went in the right direction while home owners made the opposing goalkeeper work in only two opportunities.
With veteran John Terry as the highlight, the defensive system has always been the top priority for Aston throughout the season. The team conceded 42 goals during the 46 matches of the first phase of the Championship. They were down to just 39 goals scored by Wolves and Cardiff respectively, respectively champion and vice-president of the competition and thus secured a spot in the Premier League.
That way, coach Steve Bruce will not need to make any changes to his team’s style of acting. For the duel of this Tuesday, maybe even gain some reinforcements. They are in the process of injury treatment and are relying on further tests so that Egyptian midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady (44 games, no goal), striker Gabriel Agbonlaor (six games, one goal) and Welsh defender Neil Taylor (29 matches) , without a goal).
They are also handed over to the care of the medical department and according to news from the English press they have no chance of receiving the green light for the match reserve keeper Jed Steer (no performances) and defender Axel Tuanzebe (five games, no goal). None of them can, however, be considered a significant loss.
The need for a win will force Welsh coach Tony Pulis to change Middlesbrough’s style. Putting the ball in the net of opponents has been a difficulty for Boro. Of the top six in the Championship, the team scored the least goals. He made 67 hits, 15 less than Wolves, who had the best attack of the tournament.
You will have to do this with the options you have at hand. The Middlesbrough squad only have two men in the area in a game. They are Britt Assombalonga (45 games in the English Championship of the Second Division 2017/2018, 15 goals) and Patrick Bamford (40 games, 11 goals). Rudy Gestede (19 games, three goals), which could be an option for the attack to have a trio, is injured and should not be released for the match.Whoever still hopes to receive the green light from the medical department is the Spanish defender Daniel Ayala (34 games, seven goals). He suffered a leg injury in the first leg and left the field in the second half. You will have to undergo further tests that will define your situation. If released, it must be listed among the holders.
Soccer Prediction of the Day Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough
Owner of one of the best defenses of England, the Aston Villa can act without great risks before the Middlesbrough. This makes the guess in the draw a good option for the match.
Prediction Today: A tie