Middlesbrough vs Oxford United predictions for Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at the Riverside Stadium. Oxford hoping to continue their excellent run in this competition. Read on for live streaming info and our free predictions and betting tips.
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Middlesbrough vs Oxford United betting tips
Oxford have already knocked a famous North East club out of this season’s FA Cup but are expected to meet their match when they travel to Teesside in the round-of-16.
The Us have beaten two Championship sides from opposite ends of the table to get this far, winning 3-2 at rock-bottom Rotherham before pulling off a much bigger shock in a 3-0 rout of promotion-chasing Newcastle at the Kassam Stadium.
Like the other surprise packages in the fifth round, they will have been hoping to get one of the giants for a lucrative payday. They were indeed drawn against a Premier League opponent, but Middlesbrough away is hardly the trip to Old Trafford or the Emirates that Oxford were craving.
It’s not even an especially winnable contest because Boro have seen off Sheffield Wednesday and Accrington Stanley at the Riverside without conceding a goal, so there is enough evidence to indicate they are up for the cup and will not just toss this one away for the fun of it.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka during a pre-season friendly match (Getty Images)
Aitor Karanka’s side have a relegation battle to fight now, of course, but when you get to the fifth round you may as well have a go at reaching Wembley and the likes of they and Burnley will be hoping the draw continues to open up for them to advance all the way.
The visitors will not be short of confidence having won eight of their last nine games before Tuesday’s League One match against Southend (result not known at the time of writing) and they have been showing good form at both ends of the pitch.
But Karanka is sure to take this tie much more seriously than his compatriot Rafael Benitez did when he fielded a second-string Newcastle side in the previous round and Middlesbrough are expected to book their place in the quarter-finals with something to spare.
Middlesbrough vs Oxford United stats
- These clubs have not met since 1997-98 when they were both in what is now the Championship, Middlesbrough winning 4-1 both at home and away that season
- They have never previously gone head-to-head in a cup tie
- Middlesbrough are the lowest scorers at home in the Premier League this season
Middlesbrough -1 on the handicap @ 7/5 with Paddy Power
Middlesbrough to win and over 2.5 goals in the match @ 29/20 with BetStars