Both Middlesbrough and Burton will come into the game wondering how lucky they are to have avoided facing any one of the other six Premier League teams left in the draw! This is effectively a Cup final for Burton who site 15th in Football League One and a win here would take them one step closer to a remarkable Wembley date! Form Labs return with their betting preview and tips for the game and if you are after some additional value then check out our enhanced odds for the EFL Cup.
Boro Struggling With Form
Middlesbrough have hit a slight sticky patch as they’ve lost two of four winless games ahead of this clash, and so they’ll be seeking to rediscover some momentum as they now lie outside the top four of the Championship for the first time since the opening couple weeks of the season.
However, they should feel confident when facing a bottom-half League One outfit that have lost five of their last seven across all competitions, especially as one of these came against their own under-21 side in the EFL Trophy.
Burton’s Cup Final
Indeed, the visitors can’t handle teams of any real quality in their own division as they’ve lost five of their last six winless encounters with current top-10 sides.
They’ve also seen six of the nine teams below them in League One mange to net either as many or more goals than themselves this term, which doesn’t give us confidence that they can put one past the Championship’s best defence, marshalled by the ever-cautious Tony Pulis.
Boro Should Have Too Much
If Boro’s U21 team can win without conceding against Burton, then whatever combination he picks at the heart of his backline should prove too much.
Burton’s last two away games have seen them lose 3-0 and 1-0 to Blackpool and Fleetwood respectively. However, while the win to nil appears a fairly safe prospect, we’d prefer to go for the home win and under 2.5 goals.
Boro have only netted more than twice on two occasions this season from 26 matches across all competitions, and haven’t managed that feat in any of their last 22 since mid-August.
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