Despite Middlesbrough’s recent resurgence in form under Tony Mowbray, a third straight Championship win seems unlikely to materialise as they travel to high-flying Swansea.
Mowbray has had a positive impact since taking over the reins at the Riverside and has helped Middlesbrough climb out of the bottom three with two straight wins.
Boro have not won three on the bounce since August 2009, but it is 7/2 that they beat Swansea to emulate this run.
A solid defence has been the reason for Swansea’s impressive start to the campaign, as a run of six straight clean sheets came to an end as they fell to a surprise 1-0 defeat to Bristol City in their last game.
There is no reason to suggest that this was anything more than a one-off small blip and they are 4/5 to beat Middlesbrough.
However, history suggests Middlesbrough tend to up their game when facing Swansea as they have lost just one of the last 11 league encounters between the pair.
Marvin Emnes has made a big impact at Swansea since arriving on loan from Middlesbrough, especially when grabbing the solitary goal in the Welsh derby clash with Cardiff.
However, he will have to sit out of the Middlesbrough game because of the terms of his loan agreement.
This may put more pressure on Scott Sinclair to find the target, but he should have no confidence issues after his call up to the England under-21 squad.
Sinclair has already scored seven Championship goals for Swansea this season and is 4/1 to bag the opener against Middlesbrough.
Kris Boyd is beginning to look more like the striker that Middlesbrough thought they were buying from Rangers and he is 6/1 to be the game’s first goalscorer.
Middlesbrough won 3-0 at Swansea last season. See the full Swansea vs Middlesbrough match betting odds market.