Middlesbrough – Wigan SOCCER PICKS
Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic meet at Riverside Stadium, in a match for the 17th round of the Championship. There is only record of 2 recent direct matches between these two teams: on 03-04-2015, which ended with the victory of Middlesbrough by (1-0), and on 22-11-2014, which ended with a draw by (1 -one). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 4 th position of the league, with 28 points won, after 7 wins, 7 draws and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in a home match against Derby County, by (1-1). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Stoke City, by (0-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 24 goals scored and 17 conceded; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 20 goals scored and 9 conceded. In the last 8 home league matches Middlesbrough has a record of 4 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, so they have won 15 points out of 24 possible.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 4 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (4 out of 8 matches). In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 7 of the last 8 matches for this competition have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 16 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Middlesbrough enter this game after a draw, by 0-0, in the displacement of Stoke City. It is important to underline that the home team no longer wins three games in a row by the English second division. Coach Tony Pulis usually acts in a traditional 4-4-2, privileging a style of play of constant offensive organizations. It should be noted that in this tactical drawing the two most advanced players are Braithwaite and Assombalonga: the second is the best score of Middlesbrough, with 5 goals scored. For this day the coach of the premises will not be able to count on McQueen and Shotton, both injured.
After 6 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses, the away team is currently in the 16 th position of the league, with 20 points won. In the last match, they lost in a home match against Leeds United, by (1-2), after in the previous match they lost out in an away match against Sheffield United, by (4-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 2 draws and 9 losses in away matches, with 18 goals scored and 26 conceded; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 24 goals scored and 14 conceded. For the league, Wigan Athletic won 3 points out of 24 possible points, after 1 win and 7 losses in the last 8 away matches.
For this competition, it registers a sequence of 6 defeats in the last matches as a visitor. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 1-0 (3 out of 8 matches). Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 16 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 4 of their 9 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
The Wigan Athletic enters this meeting with a rebuff, by 1-2, in the reception at Leeds, adding in this way the third rebuff followed in this competition: the only goal of the team was scored by James. Unlike the rival of this round, the visiting team chooses to act in a 4-3-3, in which the three most advanced players are Roberts, Byrne and Windass. The offensive midfielder Nick Powell is the great highlight of this Wigan Athletic, with 4 goals and 5 assists. Coach Paul Cook can not count on Massey and Jacobs, both injured.