Middlesbrough vs Tottenham betting tips: FA Cup Third Round match preview and predictions

Middlesbrough vs Tottenham prediction: Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham

Can Middlesbrough inflict misery on Tottenham?

José Mourinho was brought to Tottenham to win trophies and this competition, this season at least, provides him the most realistic opportunity to do just that.

Will Spurs avoid an early cup exit on Teeside?

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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham Hotspur: Who will win?

Middlesbrough are massive underdogs to win this match at 17/4.

Spurs meanwhile are odds on at 8/13 to leave the Riverside with a win.

A draw, which would force an unwanted replay in London, is 3/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Both teams to score is 4/6.

Tottenham to win and both teams to score is 2/1.

Boro are 10/3 to qualify; Spurs are 1/5 to make round four.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 30: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 30, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Ashley Fletcher could lead the line for the home side. The former West Ham man is 13/2 to open the scoring and 23/10 to score anytime.

Britt Assombalonga is Boro’s top scorer. He is also 13/2 to score first and 23/10 to add to his tally.

Dele Alli has enjoyed a resurgence in form since the change of management. He is 7/2 to break the deadlock and 13/10 to net yet again.

Son Heung-min is available against Boro. The South Korean is also 7/2 to score first and is 6/5 to return with a goal.

Both Fletcher and Assombalonga to score is 20/1.

Both Lewis Wing and George Saville to score is 70/1.

Both Son Heung-min and Dele to score is 9/2.

Both Ryan Sessegnon and Troy Parrott to score is 7/1.

Middlesbrough vs Tottenham Hotspur: Match preview

Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND – MAY 13: General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Southampton at Riverside Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

It’s safe to say Middlesbrough’s season so far has been eventful.

In the summer, former home-grown hero Jonathan Woodgate was appointed manager, his first role.

Woodgate’s first match in charge was a crazy, frenetic 3-3 draw at Luton Town and that in a microcosm epitomises their campaign up to this point.

However, 17 games into their Championship campaign they had won just twice, had only 14 points and were in the relegation zone.

The rookie manager was on the brink.

That is not the case any more though.

1-0 wins over Barnsley and then Charlton Athletic saw them pick up seven points from five matches between 27 November and 14 December.

Then followed a remarkable turn of events.

On New Years’ Day, a goal from Rudy Gestede as well as an own goal saw them win 2-0 at promotion hopefuls Preston.

That made it four league wins on the bounce following victories over Stoke City, Huddersfield and hot promotion favourites West Bromwich Albion.

That is the first time since April 2016 that Boro have won four consecutive matches in any league.

This form means they are now 16th, ten points above the relegation zone and only seven points outside the play-off places.

Now though, attention turns to trying to claim a Premier League scalp.

They’ve found some festive form just a the right time so can Middlesbrough derail Spurs’ cup ambitions?

Tottenham to get back to winning ways?

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

As for Tottenham, José Mourinho has not made the impact he was hoping for when he took over in North London.

On Wednesday afternoon, Spurs were beaten 1-0 by relegation threatened Southampton at St Mary’s.

That was another miserable performance following the 2-0 loss to Chelsea, the narrow 2-1 win over Brighton and the scrappy 2-2 draw at Norwich.

That means, under Mourinho, they’ve won just five of nine Premier League matches but have moved from tenth to sixth in that time.

Their next league game, coming up next weekend, is at home to run-away league-leaders Liverpool.

Of course a top four finish is the aim but, following 12 years with no silverware, Spurs fans are desperate for a trophy.

They are still in the Champions League and will face RB Leipzig in a very evenly matched round of 16 tie.

However, the FA Cup most certainly provides their best hope of winning a trophy this season.

Thus, it is vitally important they avoid a very early exit here.

Will they safely book their passage through to round four here?

Middlesbrough team news vs Tottenham Hotspur

Middlesbrough Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate during the Pre-season Friendly match between Middlesbrough and AS Saint-Étienne at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on Sunday 28th July 2019. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The league is of course the priority for Jonathan Woodgate but, with no Championship fixture until next Saturday, he’s expected to name a very strong side.

In goal, regular number one Darren Randolph is likely to miss the game with a thigh problem.

So, 21 year old Aynsley Pears will continue to deputise, chosen over Tomás Mejías.

In defence, they have a real shortage of options.

Daniel Ayala hobbled off on Wednesday so he, Anfernee Dijksteel, Ryan Shotton and Marc Bola are all out.

So, they’re likely to name a make-shift back three of Dael Fry, Nathan Wood and Jonny Howson.

At wing-back, Lewis Wing could come in for Marvin Johnson with Djed Spence keeping his place on the other side.

In the centre, George Saville and Adam Clayton are likely to b joined by Paddy McNair.

Marcus Tavernier will drop out as they look to stiffen up their side.

Up top though they will have a strike partnership.

Ashley Fletcher and Rudy Gestede will keep their places from Wednesday.

Top-scorer Britt Assombalonga has been out through injury but could be back to take his place amongst the substitutes.

Will Boro cause an upset?

Tottenham Hotspur team news vs Middlesbrough

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crvena Zvezda at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

As for Tottenham, they do not travel north to Teeside with a fully fit squad.

It will be interesting to see who José Mourinho gives opportunities to.

In goal, captain Hugo Lloris won’t be back until next month.

Paulo Gazzaniga is expected to continue to deputise with Michel Vorm remaining on the bench.

In defence, Ben Davies is the only absentee.

With few options though, Serge Aurier could have to continue at right-back.

Likewise on the other side, Ryan Sessegnon is expected to keep his place over Danny Rose.

In the centre, Juan Foyth and Davinson Sánchez will both return with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen likely to drop out.

In midfield, Oliver Skipp could return alongside Harry Winks.

Tanguy Ndombele is ruled out through an injury picked up at Southampton.

Further forward, there could be rare starts for Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso.

Lucaus Moura will keep his place though with in-form Dele and want away Christian Eriksen left out.

Up front, Tottenham have confirmed that Harry Kane has torn his hamstring. So will likely be out for six weeks.

So, Son Heung-min could be pushed forward into a centre-forward role.

He’s back from a three-match suspension which is timely.

Highly-rated youngster Troy Parrott will, at least, be on the bench.

Will Spurs be too strong at the Riverside?

Predicted Middlesbrough line-up vs Tottenham Hotspur

Predicted Middlesbrough team vs Tottenham Hotspur

Predicted Middlesbrough line-up vs Tottenham Hotspur.

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur line-up vs Middlesbrough

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur line-up vs Middlesbrough

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur line-up vs Middlesbrough.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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