Middlesbrough have only lost twice in their last 10 games. The promotion of the team in the table was interrupted by Sunderland (0: 2) and West Bromwich (0: 2). However, this did not prevent the club from continuing to fight for promotion. After 37 rounds, he loses 6 points to the second row.
In terms of expected goals scored (xg = 1.54) and conceded (xga = 1.37), Michael Carrick’s side are ranked 1st and 5th respectively in the Championship.
Preston is also showing excellent results, but rather due to the lighter calendar. He has beaten outsiders like Rotherham (2-1), Cardiff (2-0) and Wigan (2-1), but struggled against Watford (0-0) and Luton (1-1).
Lily Whites prefer to play second (47.5% possession), which helps them a lot when playing away. Away, they won 60% of the points. Preston creates an average of 1xg per match, with 1.2xg allowed.
“Middlesbrough” in the final match with “Stoke City” (1:1) was not able to show all its strength in attack. And also in defeats to Sunderland (0-2) and West Bromwich (0-2). What boro criminals have in common is their ability to apply high, intense pressure effectively. Preston does not have such skills, which will greatly simplify the task of the favorite. I expect productive football, especially from the hosts.