Aston Villa will be in action as the Claret look to make it back into the Premier League. Their first round game will be away from home against Middlesborough. Both teams have experience in the Premier League and will be desperate to return to the top division of English football.
Middlesbrough finished fifth in the League Championship and come into this game in good form. The Boro will play the first leg of the tie at home and will hope that they can win since if they don’t take a lead into the second leg, it will be very hard for them to qualify. On paper, Middlesbrough are the weaker team but with a manager like Tony Pulis and a strong home support, they may just be good enough to beat Aston Villa.
On the other side of the coin, Aston Villa will know that this tie will be decided in the second leg at Villa Park. The main goal for the visitors will be to not lose badly in this game and if they can manage to get away goals, it will be a huge advantage. Aston Villa enter this game with a full side and that should give the side tons of confidence knowing that they are at full strength.
All in all, I think that this game will end as a draw. Aston Villa are the better side but at Riverside Stadium, I think the Boro are too hard to beat. We are getting an amazing price wagering on the draw and due to that reason it is the bet which I am going to suggest.