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Middlesbrough vs Watford betting tips: Championship preview, predictions and odds

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Match preview

Two clubs, starting the weekend in the play-off places, go head-to-head on Teeside.

Last Sunday, Middlesbrough were beaten in the Tees-Wear derby, going down 2-0 at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland.

Before this, Michael Carrick’s men had won four in a row and seven of their last eight, only beaten by run-away league-leaders Burnley under his stewardship.

Thus, since Carrick’s appointment in mid-October, Boro have climbed from the relegation zone all the way up to the play-off spots, looking to regather momentum here.

Watford meantime kick off in third, albeit just two points better off than their hosts.

Slaven Bilić’s team were held to a 1-1 draw by Rotherham last weekend, needing an equaliser from João Ferreira to salvage a draw.

Thus, this is a crucial game for both at the Riverside, so who will prevail?

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