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Manchester United vs. Middlesbrough: Predictions & Match Preview on 31 December, 2016

The Match Is Over. Score: 2-1
Manchester United vs. Middlesbrough: Predictions & Match Preview on 31 December, 2016

Manchester United vs. Middlesbrough Match Preview:
Manchester United, who recently got a good shape and eager to get into the Champions League zone, next Saturday will host to Middlesbrough team who only this season returned to the elite of English football. The bookies do not doubt which team will win the upcoming game, the only question is with which score this fight will end.
Match status: ENGLAND: Premier League - Round 19
Kick-off:
Venue: "Old Trafford" in.
Manchester United: Team News
Wayne Rooney has a thigh injury and will miss United's game here, as he did on Boxing Day.
Luke Shaw is back in training and has no problems, but Jose Mourinho doesn't deem he ready to return to the starting XI.
Eric Bailly is a slight doubt although is expected to recover in time to make the squad for the reception of Middlesbrough on New Year's Eve.
Mourinho says he won't rotate his team, although Henrikh Mkhitaryan should come back into the XI. Anthony Martial may have to settle for another place on the bench, while Michael Carrick may be rested with one eye on their trip to West Ham on Monday.

Middlesbrough: Team News
Viktor Fischer is a huge doubt for the trip to Old Trafford due to a knee injury that saw him miss their 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Boxing Day. James Husband isn't expected back from a long-term injury just yet, while Antonio Barragan is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards. Nsue should deputise at right-back as a result.
Aitor Karanka could revert to a 4-5-1 formation, as proved successful against bigger teams earlier in the season, in a bid to frustrate United.

Possible starting lineups of the teams:
Manchester United: David de Gea - Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia - Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera - Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (4-2-3-1 formation)

Middlesbrough: Victor Valdes - Nsue, Calum Chambers, Ben Gibson, George Friend - Adama Traore, Marten de Roon, Adam Clayton, Adam Forshaw, Gaston Ramirez - Alvaro Negredo (4-5-1 formation)

Missing players of MU and Middlesbrough:
Manchester United: Wayne Rooney, Eric Bailly.

Middlesbrough: Antonio Barragan, James Husband, Viktor Fischer.

Manchester United - Middlesbrough Head-to-Head Stats:
28.10.15 EFL Manchester United - Middlesbrough 0:1
02.05.09 PL Middlesbrough - Manchester United 0:2
29.12.08 PL Manchester United - Middlesbrough 1:0
23.09.08 EFL Manchester United - Middlesbrough 3:1
06.04.08 PL Middlesbrough - Manchester United 2:2

Interesting facts and streaks:
  • Man Utd have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 4 matches (Premier League). - Man Utd win/win 1.80
  • Man Utd have won their last 4 matches (Premier League). - Man Utd win 1.25
  • Man Utd are undefeated in their last 11 matches against Middlesbrough in all competitions. - Man Utd win or draw 1.04
  • Man Utd have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches against Middlesbrough in all competitions. - Man Utd win or draw 1.04
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Middlesbrough's last 6 away games (Premier League). - Under 2.5 goals 1.93
  • Middlesbrough have failed to win their last 8 away matches (Premier League). - Middlesbrough lose or draw 1.04
  • Man Utd have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Middlesbrough in all competitions. - Under 2.5 goals 1.93
  • Man Utd have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (Premier League).

Our free Match Preview and pick for Manchester United - Middlesbrough fixture:


Manchester United vs Middlesbrough Predictions

Main Match Predictions:
Both Teams To Score @ 2.62 (13/8)
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Correct Score:
2-1 Home win @ 10.0 (9/1)
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