Monday 6th April 2015, Vicarage Road. Live on Sky Sports 1. Kick-off 12:30pm.
Top travel to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship on Bank Holiday Monday as Middlesbrough are entertained by Watford in the lunchtime kick-off.
Only seven points separate the top eight sides as this term’s Championship title race is the most hotly contested for years. Leading the pack heading into Monday’s fixture is Aitor Karanka’s Boro.
The North East outfit overcame Wigan Athletic on Friday thanks to a first-half Patrick Bamford strike, his 17th goal of the season, for their third win in four matches.
Boro moved to top with their success against the Latics with only six games left of the campaign, and on-loan Chelsea striker Bamford said the team is overjoyed at the moment.
“We’re sky-high at the moment,” the 21-year-old told mfc.co.uk. “There was obviously that little slip up against Bournemouth (going down 3-0 before bouncing back last time out) but the two games before that were important to us and we came through them with flying colours.
“It was good to get back with three points and hopefully we can carry that forward.”
Also in contention for the title is Watford who sit in fourth, two points shy of Middlesbrough.
The Hornets have had a difficult run of games as Monday’s encounter will be their third consecutive match against a top eight side.
Before the international break they were undone 1-0 at home by Ipswich Town before playing out an entertaining stalemate on Friday. Despite taking the lead, Watford had to fight from 2-1 down with a man less after Marco Motta saw red a minute short of half time.
Odion Ighalo scored the equalizer to rescue a point and head coach Slavisa Jokanovic paid tribute to his players and their fans after the team’s valiant fight back.
“Many things were in our control in the first half and I feel we looked comfortable in the lead in this match,” said Jokanovic.
“The supporters, they believed the whole night and they helped to make sure the players never stopped believing too.
“I am very proud of my players. They believe they are together in what they want to achieve.”
Despite their loss to Ipswich, Watford have won six of their last eight home games, on the other hand Boro have won only one of their last five away matches. Meanwhile, the last eight meetings between the sides have been decided by no more than a single strike.
You can back Watford to win with a winning margin of 1 goal at 16/5 with BetVictor.