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Southampton v Middlesbrough: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Southampton have a nine-point gap to make up on the Championship's automatic promotion places and will be going all out for the victory at home to Middlesbrough.

The visitors still have plenty to play for and harbour hopes of making a late surge for the play-offs from their current position of 10th in the standings.

Southampton v Middlesbrough

Southampton v Middlesbrough Predictions

Middlesbrough or draw double chance - 13/10

The Teessiders’ season has been blighted by inconsistency, but they put a decent run together before the international break, taking 10 points from four games, and look overpriced to avoid defeat at St Mary’s.

At the start of the campaign Boro had hoped to feature prominently in the automatic promotion race.

However, they have been hampered by a large number of injuries to key players and there was more bad news to digest last week when attacking midfielder Riley McGree sustained a foot injury while on international duty with Australia.

McGree’s setback follows hot on the heels of the hamstring injury sustained by striker Marcus Forss in Boro’s 0-0 draw at home to Blackburn last time out.

Both are set to miss the trip to the south coast, but the negative aspect of their omissions could be offset by the return of some key players.

Before the break Boro head coach Michael Carrick revealed that Josh Coburn, Hayden Hackney, Dael Fry and Alex Bangura were making progress and said he was hopeful that 'one or two' of them could be in contention for the next bunch of games.

Carrick should be able to field a strong side and one that will be feeling confident after recent results.

The Teessiders remain hopeful of making a late dash towards the top six and will be striving to add to their points tally in each of their remaining eight games.

They have triumphed on three of their last four road trips, including a superb 2-1 victory at Leicester which showcased the defensive resilience and counter-attacking qualities which will be key to hopes of springing another surprise on the south coast.

Saints were unbeaten in 22 Championship games between late September and early February, but their performances have dipped significantly in recent weeks.

Russell Martin’s side suffered four February defeats, including home losses to Hull (1-2) and Millwall (1-2), and the recent successes away to Birmingham (4-3) and at home to Sunderland (4-2) were far from fully convincing.

Saints like to keep the ball away from the opposition and their average possession statistic (66.90) is the highest in the division.

However, they can leave themselves exposed at the back and have conceded 24 home goals, which is the third-highest among top-half teams.

Martin’s men were able to overcome their defensive issues against out-of-sorts Birmingham and Sunderland, but they may be less fortunate against a confident and disciplined Boro.

Middlesbrough to score over 1.5 goals - 2/1

Southampton have shipped two goals or more in seven of their last eight games and their defensive vulnerability should encourage Boro, who look decent value to score at least two goals.

Saints rely on a high press to win the ball back as quickly as possible, but they can leave themselves open to swift counter-attacks.

Middlesbrough have already picked up six away points this month, winning at QPR (2-0) and Birmingham (1-0), and they could enjoy another successful trip this week.

Emmanuel Latte Lath to score any time - 11/4

Like so many Boro players, striker Emmanuel Latte Lath has had his campaign disrupted by injuries.

The Ivorian was snapped up from Atalanta last summer as Boro sought to find a replacement for Chuba Akpom, who topped last season’s second-tier scoring charts with 28 goals.

Latte Lath took a while to settle and his progress was further limited by an autumn muscle strain and a more recent ankle injury picked up during the EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea.

However, the pacy 25-year-old has notched in two of his last three appearances and looks like a tempting shout to score against Saints.

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Southampton v Middlesbrough odds

Southampton - 4/7
Draw - 7/2
Middlesbrough - 17/4

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