Middlebrough v Aston Villa
EFL Championship. Kick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday 1st December. Live on Sky Sports Football/Sky Sports Main Event
JUST how do Aston Villa follow up a 5-5 draw in terms of excitement? Not by travelling to Middlesbrough to face a side managed by Tony Pulis.
Villa fans are probably only now recovering their breath after that incredible match with Nottingham Forest in midweek. Having gone 5-4 up against 10 men with just 15 minutes to go, boss Dean Smith must have been raging that his side managed to throw a couple of points away.
A win would have seen them join Boro in the play-off places and this clash at the Riverside will be a huge test of Villa's promotion credentials.
Had they held on in midweek it would have been four wins in a row for Smith's side but Middlesbrough away is one of the most daunting fixtures on the calendar.
That's why Boro are 888 Sport's 6/5 favourites with Villa available at 49/20 and the draw priced 21/10.
Pulis has his side expertly drilled as always and Middlesbrough head into this game on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run.
They have kept eight clean sheets at the Riverside and a Boro win here coupled with another shut-out is 13/5 with 888 Sport.
Tammy Abraham helped himself to four in midweek so his confidence will be sky high. The big striker is 27/5 to break the deadlock in this one and great value at 9/4 for anytime scorer.
Jordan Hugill looks the most likely for Boro, especially as he takes their penalties. The forward is 17/4 for first scorer and 9/5 for anytime scorer at 888 Sport.
Teenager Marcus Tavernier has also hit form, scoring three times in his last five outings, so he could be worth a bet for anytime scorer at 7/2 (888 Sport).
- Both teams to score 17/20 (888 Sport)
- Jordan Hugill anytime scorer 9/5 (888 Sport)
- Tammy Abraham first scorer 27/5 (888 Sport)