We can’t be the only ones surprised that Sam Allardyce has so far been unable to make any impact upon this Crystal Palace side. He normally has the Midas Touch at the wrong end of the table, but just one win in seven – plus six defeats – suggests he has his work cut out.
Middlesbrough will go to Selhurst Park and do what they always do: make life very difficult for their opponents. They will cut down on the space afforded to the Eagles and double up on their key creative talents like Wilfried Zaha. The effect could be stifling.
That approach has worked all season, and in their last two league outings they have drawn with Everton and nearly nicked a point at Spurs. They look worthy of siding with here.
Middlesbrough +0.50 Asian Handicap (4/5 with bet365)