Middlesbrough F.C. has a lengthy history of success — mainly in England’s second division where it has won four championships. Established in 1876, Middlesbrough was one of the founding members of the Premier League. The club’s main rivals are Sunderland and Newcastle United. They also have a rivalry with Yorkshire club Leeds United. Middlesbrough — or Boro as they’re known to their supporters — has only spent two seasons outside of English Football League’s top two divisions.
They are, however, after a tough season in the Premier League consigned to another season of Championship football.
On top of their second division success, Middlesbrough also won the League Cup in 2004 and was FA Cup runners-up in 1997. Boro reached the UEFA Cup final in 2006 but were downed by Spanish side Sevilla in the championship game.
George Camsell, the former Middlesbrough striker who played 14 seasons with the club, is the franchise’s all-time scoring leader with 345 goals. Camsell also holds the record for most goals in a single season, 63 during the 1926-27 campaign. Tim Williamson, who played 21 seasons from 1902 to 1923, is the club’s all-time leader in appearances with 602.
Middlesbrough Betting Lines Today
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Middlesbrough Standings Right Now
Middlesbrough will be in the thick of the promotion conversation but do they have what it takes to regain Premier League status the season after being dropped?
How To Win At Middlesbrough Betting
Bet365.com pegged Boro at +150 to be relegated to the Championship prior to the 2016-17 season. They were obviously spot on. Middlesbrough, while competent defensively, had the league's worst offense, mustering only 27 goals in 38 games. Sunderland were the only other side with the dubious record of failing to score 30 goals. And you can guess where they ended up.
You can't, however, fault Boro's defensive record during their one-season stint in the top flight. They conceded 53 goals, enjoying a middle-of-the-pack status in that category. That bodes well for Boro in the Championship, as a lean defense is always a crucial element in vying for promotion.
Boro had the league's second worst home record. Only Sunderland, who accumulated 14 points in 19 home games, gained less points than Boro. Middlesbrough were able to gain 18 points at the Riverside Stadium, a disappointing return which turned out to be a main factor in being relegated.
Their poor home record was only compounded by the fact that Boro couldn't get it done on the road either. Amassing 10 points form a possible 57 guarantees a team Championship football. Boro had the second worst offensive output on the road and third worst at home.
Can Boro gain promotion in the first season after being dropped? There is a good chance this team can pull off the improbable, mostly due to the team's perpetually stingy defense. They have the personnel to score goals against inferior opponents and will assuredly lock it down at the back like they've done so many times before. Look to back Boro in the futures market, and do it as soon as humanly possible, before the lines get shorter and shorter.