Villa are heavy favourites to make the final after a tight victory at the Riverside.
Aston Villa v Middlesbrough – Tuesday
Villa are into 1.2 to make it to the final after their 1-0 victory in the first leg and with that result they became one of only 10 away sides to win the first leg of a Championship play-off semi-final since 2005/06. The record of these teams in the return is W5-D1-L4, with three of those victories coming in the last four games. That suggests that Villa are a touch of value at the prices, whilst the fact that they won three of five unbeaten home games against top-six sides strengthens that further, so we’re with the hosts.
Tip: Aston Villa
Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Boro, on the other hand, have failed to score in three of their five trips to top-six opponents while Villa have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five home wins. Boro failed to score in either meeting between the sides in the regular season and given they’ll have to commit more and more men into attack as the game progresses that’s likely to play into Villa’s hands. Steve Bruce’s team have been excellent at the back and the lack of firepower for Boro, who were the lowest scorers of any of the top six, makes the Villa win to nil look appealing.
Aston Villa v Middlesbrough [Aston Villa To Win To Nil]
Lewis Grabban’s been in excellent form all season, for both Sunderland and Villa. He has four goals in his last five starts and four in his six home appearances since joining Villa in January. As such the Bournemouth loanee looks the most likely candidate to open the scoring for the hosts.
Tip: Lewis Grabban
Aston Villa v Middlesbrough [First Goalscorer]
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