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Middlesbrough v Aston Villa: Odds, predictions, team news & more

Middlesbrough are already through to this season's EFL Cup semi-finals and Michael Carrick's men are aiming for more knockout success when they host Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

Middlesbrough v Aston Villa odds

Middlesbrough - 19/4
Draw - 10/3
Aston Villa - 11/20

Middlesbrough v Aston Villa information

  • Where is Middlesbrough v Aston Villa? Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
  • When is Middlesbrough v Aston Villa? 17:30, Saturday 6th January
  • Where can I watch Middlesbrough v Aston Villa? bet365's Sports Live Streaming and BBC One

Middlesbrough v Aston Villa Bet Builder

Both teams to score - 7/10
Middlesbrough or Draw Double Chance - 11/8 
Jonathan Howson to be Booked - 11/4 

Bet Builder - 12/1

Both teams to score - 7/10

Aston Villa are flying high in the Premier League and are favourites to win the Europa Conference League so it will be interesting to see how strong a team Unai Emery selects for their FA Cup third-round trip to Middlesbrough.

Villa's recent record in the competition is woeful, with seven third-round exits in the last seven seasons, including a shock 2-1 home defeat to Stevenage, then a League Two club, in 2022/23.

Emery has done a stunning job since taking charge at Villa Park in the autumn of 2022 and only Manchester City amassed more Premier League points than Villa in 2023.

They start 2024 in second place in the top flight despite a sticky run of form over the Christmas period. 

Villa needed an injury-time equaliser from Nicolo Zaniolo to draw 1-1 at home to bottom club Sheffield United before losing 3-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford, where they led 2-0.

A late Douglas Luiz penalty gave them a 3-2 home win over 10-man Burnley last time out and backing both teams to score looks a solid first selection for the Bet Builder.

Villa's only away clean sheet in the league this season came at 10-man Chelsea in September and Middlesbrough have won six of their last 10 home matches in the Championship, including victories over runaway leaders Leicester and promotion hopefuls Southampton and West Brom.

Middlesbrough or Draw Double Chance - 11/8

Middlesbrough boss Carrick has a lengthy list of absentees for the clash with Villa but the hosts still look capable of avoiding defeat.

Emery is likely to offer opportunities to some of his fringe players and Boro have eased through to the last four of the EFL Cup, scoring 14 goals in five ties.

All five of those games have been against EFL teams – they face Chelsea in the first leg of the semi-final tie on Tuesday – but Middlesbrough's cup prowess suggests Villa are in for a tricky contest.

Only four of their 13 league wins this season have come on the road and they needed two late goals to see off struggling Brentford 2-1 in their last away victory on 17th December.    

Jonathan Howson to be Booked - 11/4

Depleted Middlesbrough will be looking to experienced midfielder Jonny Howson for leadership against their Premier League opponents and he is a big price to be booked on Saturday.

Villa have an array of combative characters in central midfield, with Douglas Luiz, John McGinn and Boubacar Kamara all racking up at least five Premier League bookings this season, so a feisty battle is expected in the middle of the park.

The 35-year-old Howson is set for his 10th start since the beginning of December so it would be no surprise to see him make the odd tired challenge against a vibrant Villa side.

The Boro man has picked up four yellow cards in his last 11 league appearances and another Howson caution could complete our 12/1 Bet Builder.

Middlesbrough team news

Goalkeeper Seny Dieng has left for the Africa Cup of Nations so Tom Glover should start between the sticks. Riley McGree and Sam Silvera are also on international duty and Darragh Lenihan, Tommy Smith, Matt Crooks, Paddy McNair, Marcus Forss, Lewis O'Brien, Hayden Hackney and Emmanuel Latte Lath are injured.

Aston Villa team news

Boubacar Kamara is back from a ban but Bertrand Traore is on AFCON duty and Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne, Robin Olsen and Emiliano Buendia are injured. Calum Chambers and Jhon Duran are among the fringe players hoping for starts.

Middlesbrough v Aston Villa stats

Middlesbrough have lost three of their last four home games in the Championship.

Both teams have scored in 16 of Aston Villa's last 20 matches in all competitions.

Head-to-Head

Middlesbrough wins39
Draws32
Aston Villa wins61

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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