In England, the battle for the lead is arguably sharper and more interesting now in the Championship. More precisely, it is important there, firstly, to be in the top two and qualify for the Premier League directly, and secondly, to finish in the top six to be in the play-off zone. Blackburn are currently bidding for the former and Middlesbrough for the latter. And now the two popular clubs with an interesting history have a head-to-head encounter. Who can win it? The site’s experts have put together a prediction for the match on January 24, 2022. Full statistics and all odds for the match can be found at 1xbet website.
Blackburn finally showing a good level
Rovers were at one time strong mid-table Premier League sides. And that’s if you don’t also remember their sensational championship in the Shearer era! The club won the League Cup in the early 2000s and played in European competitions. But after a change of ownership the club fell first to Championship and then to League One. From there, they got out relatively quickly. But still, Tony Mowbray’s side looked mid-table in the English 2nd division at most. And here they are, all of a sudden, after finishing 15th in the last draw, fighting for the APL! Of course, Brereton was the trump card – the textured striker, who found his Chilean roots, put in two dozen goals. But with Hull neither he nor anyone else scored and it ended in a 0-2 defeat.
Middlesbrough under Wilder ready to be reminded of themselves
The Riverside Rivers are reminiscent of their next opponent in many ways. It’s 1 other fairly well-known mid-table side in the APL with ambition (under McClaren, for example, there was a League Cup win and a UEFA Cup final) that has turned into a regular in the Championships. It never got any lower, in fact, Karanka even managed to get back into the Premier League, but not to stay there. Then, again, there were rather drab performances in the country’s 2nd division. This spring, for example, there was only 10th place. Progress was expected from the experienced Warnock until late in the autumn, but he was eventually replaced by Wilder. That one had lifted and retained Sheffield United in the APL not too long ago. In the new place, after spending a few matches to adapt, the new manager gave an excellent winning streak (6 wins in the last 7 rounds), which took Middlesbrough into the top 6.
The abundance of draws attracts attention. That’s how 8 of the last 12 fixtures between the clubs ended, including 1-1 in August. In the other games, Blackburn have won three times, and only in 2019 has Middlesbrough been stronger.
The visitors are in good form at the moment and could clinch points again. Bet on Middlesbrough with a ‘0’ handicap (odds – 2.1).