Preston North End v Middlesbrough tips – Boro can win at Deepdale

Back Middlesbrough to get the better of Preston

Middlesbrough to win 3-1

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Betting Tip: @ 22/1 with betvictor

Having missed out on a place in the Premier League last season, narrowly losing in the play-off final to Norwich City, Middlesbrough are aiming to enjoy a more successful campaign under a determined Aitor Karanka.

Boro are a best-priced 22/1 with BetVictor to secure a 3-1 victory on the road over their first opponents of the new season Preston North End, and history strongly suggests this scoreline will be the outcome again.

The Teesside team have emerged as 3-1 victors in three of the previous four encounters with Preston, including a Championship clash and two Capital One Cup meetings.

Last term Boro toppled the Lilywhites by that scoreline at the Riverside in a cup clash, two years after doing exactly the same at Preston, and secured the same outcome in 2010 during a domestic league encounter.

The visitors may have dominated this fixture down the years, but Preston are always a danger to their goal, and superb odds of 9/2 with Coral are available for Boro to win again with both teams getting on the scoresheet.

Karanka’s cross-country travellers had the best defensive record in the Championship last season, but have seen their rearguard weakened this summer with the departure of loanee pair Fernando Amorebieta and Kenneth Omeruo.

Preston haven’t celebrated a win over their Boro on home soil since 1972, and this fixture domination looks set to continue against Simon Grayson’s men, with the visitors at 7/5 with BetVictor to triumph.

Jermaine Beckford could be the man to salvage a goal for the hosts and he is 7/1 to strike first against their more fancied counterparts. Spanish striker Kike, meanwhile, will want to start the season on a high, with the Middlesbrough frontman a best-priced 11/5 with Betway to net anytime.

Boro have proved their superiority in this fixture in the past, and are sure to be firing on all cylinders in their campaign opener, though they are known to lose concentration during dominant leads, possibly setting up plenty of goals in their favour.

Boro to win 3-1 @ 22/1 with BetVictor

Betting Tip: @ 22/1 with betvictor

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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