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

Tottenham vs Middlesbrough prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Middlesbrough

It’s fair to say that not everything is going to plan for José Mourinho’s Tottenham hence why there is this replay.

Ten days ago at the Riverside Stadium, Ashley Fletcher broke the offside trap and slotted Boro in front just four minutes into the second half.

However, they were not ahead for long, just 11 minutes in fact, when Lucas nodded Spurs level.

Neither team could find a winner on Teeside so 1-1 it finished.

With Southampton away the prize for the victor in round four, can in form Middlesbrough pile yet more misery on Mourinho and Tottenham?

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Middlesbrough: Who will win?

Hosts Tottenham are massive odds on favourites to win this match at 1/4.

Middlesbrough meanwhile are 9/1 to get their first win at White Hart Lane since 2003.

A draw, which would force extra time, is 4/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Both teams to score is 11/10.

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

Spurs are 1/9 to qualify; Boro are 5/1 to make round four.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s second 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 Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Son Heung-min will be Tottenham’s biggest goal threat. The South Korean is 14/5 to open the scoring and odds on at 19/20 to score anytime.

Dele has also been in good form recently. He is 16/5 to score first and 21/20 to add to his tally.

Ashley Fletcher will be looking to score, just as he did ten days ago. Fletcher is 10/1 to break the deadlock and 7/2 to repeat the feat.

Britt Assombalonga though is Boro’s top scorer this season. The DR Congo international is the same, 10/1 to score first and 7/2 to score anytime.

Both Dele and Son to score is 16/5.

Both Ryan Sessegnon and Lucas Moura to score is 14/1.

Both Marcus Tavernier and Fletcher to score is 45/1.

Both Paddy McNair and Patrick Roberts to score is 110/1.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Middlesbrough: Match preview

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after his team score their second goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Tottenham need a lift.

José Mourinho has not, yet, had the impact he would’ve been hoping for when he took over on 20 November.

Spurs won four of their first five under Mourinho in the Premier League but have since won only one of their next five.

On Saturday, they lost 1-0 at home to run-away league-leaders Liverpool to follow a defeat by the same scoreline at Southampton on New Years’ Day.

That leaves them in eighth place, now nine points outside the top four.

Aside from the league, Mourinho was brought into Tottenham to win silverware.

They are of course still in the UEFA Champions League, in which they’ll face RB Leipzig in the round of 16.

However, surely this competition provides their most realistic chance of ending that 12 year wait for a trophy.

They managed to, just about, stay in the cup at the Riverside but must now see off Boro at home.

Will they set up a fourth round return to St Mary’s just 24 days after they lost there in the Premier League?

Can Boro beat a big boy?

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)

Middlesbrough meanwhile head to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in fantastic form.

Their manager Jonathan Woodgate scored the winning goal the last time Spurs won a trophy in the 2008 League Cup Final.

Now, he’s looking to topple his old club.

The draw in the first tie was no fluke, merely a continuation of Middlesbrough’s great form.

On Saturday, goals from Lewis Wing and Paddy McNair saw them draw 2-2 with Derby in the Championship.

That means they have taken 13 points from their last five league matches.

This is amazing given that they only took 21 points from their first 22 games.

All of that means they are 16th, now a massive ten points above relegation.

Before they return to league action, can Middlesbrough secure a famous FA Cup giant killing?

Tottenham Hotspur team news vs Middlesbrough

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Tottenham are without five key players right now, limiting José Mourinho’s options.

In goal, Paulo Gazzaniga will continue to deputise for Hugo Lloris with Michel Vorm once again on the bench.

In defence, Ben Davies is still out and Danny Rose limped off on Saturday so Ryan Sessegnon is likely to play left-back.

Japhet Tanganga made his Premier League debut at centre-back on Saturday and is likely to keep his place.

Davinson Sánchez is likely to start once again with Toby Alderweireld rested.

Want away Juan Foyth and Jan Vertonghen are both unlikely to be involved.

The latter’s contract expires in June.

Serge Aurier will continue at right-back; Kyle Walker-Peters could be on his way out this month.

In midfield, Eric Dier is likely to return to the side after injury.

However, Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele are both injured.

So, out of favour Harry Winks is likely to start once more.

From the weekend, Dele and Christian Eriksen could drop out with Argentine duo Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso being given rare starting opportunities.

Lucas Moura will also start with Son Heung-min through the middle, filling in for Harry Kane who won’t play until April after hamstring surgery.

Even without their talismanic captain, will Spurs be too strong for Boro?

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)

As for Middlesbrough, despite the fact their next match is at Fulham on Friday night, Jonathan Woodgate will name a strong side.

In goal, Darren Randolph is set to rejoin West Ham United so will not be involved.

Regular number one Aynsley Pears will be rested so back up Tomás Mejías will start, just as he did in the reverse fixture.

Boro have lots of defensive injuries right now so will continue with a make-shift back three.

Dael Fry will be joined at the back by Jonny Howson and Paddy McNair who are both midfielders by trade.

They are filling in as Ryan Shotton, captain George Friend, Anfernee Dijksteel and Daniel Ayala are all injured.

In midfield without them will be George Saville and Adam Clayton with Lewis Wing dropping out from the weekend’s XI.

They will be flanked by Hayden Coulson and Djed Spence at wing-back.

Further forward, they do have options.

It’s likely to be the same front three for the third game in a row with Marcus Tavernier and Patrick Roberts in support.

The latter is on loan from Manchester City with Boro being his sixth different club already despite being only 22.

The loan front man will be Ashley Fletcher who has scored six goals in his last 11 including in the reverse fixture.

Marvin Johnson, Lukas Nmecha and Rudy Gestede are the other attacking options.

Top-scorer Britt Assombalonga is still injured.

Will this Middlesbrough side cause a cup shock at White Hart Lane?

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur line-up vs Middlesbrough

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur line-up vs Middlesbrough

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur line-up vs Middlesbrough.

Predicted Middlesbrough line-up vs Tottenham Hotspur

Predicted Middlesbrough line-up vs Tottenham Hotspur

Predicted Middlesbrough line-up vs Tottenham Hotspur.

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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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