Leicester v Middlesbrough: Why Boro are well worth backing this weekend

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It may seem a little odd to advocate the hopes of a side with one win in nine matches, but there’s plenty to suggest that Middlesbrough could get something away at Leicester this weekend.

Aitor Karanka’s men head to the reigning champions just a point behind the Foxes, but either side could find themselves in the bottom three come Sunday evening.

Leicester will be on a high following another successful Champions League outing in midweek, which saw them defeat Club Brugge 2-1 and secure top spot in their group.

But there’s enough evidence to suggest Claudio Ranieri’s men may continue their domestic struggles this Saturday.

A very fortunate fixture list has seen the east Midlands outfit play home games immediately following all six European excursions – in contrast, Tottenham have four away games to contend with.

But despite that, Leicester have won only one of their four Premier League games straight after a Champions League contest.

Furthermore, though Boro have just two wins this season, on their travels they’ve managed to return to Teesside with at least a point in five of their six games.

Impressively, that run includes having to visit both Arsenal and Manchester City.

Karanka may not have his side firing in the goals on a regular basis – they’re the joint-lowest scorers in the division – but Boro have become very difficult to break down.

Four away draws and just one defeat on the road is testament to that.

With all that in mind, it may well be wise to look past the Foxes’ 17/20 favouritism, and focus on the draw at 12/5 and Middlesbrough at 16/5.

Another angle that should appeal is Boro at 2/1 in the Draw No Bet market.

And a steady option could also be Draw/Middlesbrough double chance at 10/11.

Don’t be fooled by Leicester’s European heroics. The Premier League has sussed them out and Karanka’s Boro won’t be brushed aside.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.