Ian Holloway predicts Wolves vs Middlesbrough result

Wolverhampton Wanderers entertain promotion favourites Middlesbrough this weekend.

Former Millwall manager Ian Holloway has backed Wolves to beat Middlesbrough this weekend, predicting the hosts to triumph 2-1 in his weekly column for Sky Sports.

Wolves head into the clash coming off the back of two consecutive defeats, first losing away at Derby County 4-2 before slumping to a 2-0 midweek reverse at home to Brentford.

Promotion favourites Middlesbrough haven’t fared much better of late, seeing a five-game winning streak snapped at Reading before picking up just one point against Fulham and Cardiff City.

For Aitor Karanka, Boro’s run of form has become somewhat of a problem as his side have struggled to score goals and look utterly incapable of coming back from a goal down.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Holloway feels Boro’s recent woes will continue as he backs Kenny Jackett’s side to recover from their recent defeats and down the visitors 2-1.

“Wolves played well at home three weeks ago when they won 3-0 [against Huddersfield], but this will be the surprise - a lot of people will think Middlesbrough will win this, but I do not,” Holloway said.

First goal will be crucial:

While it’s to some extent a rather overused saying, the first goal will undoubtedly be crucial.

Boro are excellent defensively and boast the joint-best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just eight goals from 12 matches while keeping five clean sheets.

A betting man would back Boro to get at least a point should they take the lead, however the same cannot be said for when the Riverside outfit fall a goal behind.

Karanka’s men have yet to recover a single point from a losing position this season.

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