Watching Middlesbrough after two games of the season it does make you wonder if they will ever get their act together in front of goal.
Monk’s team seemed just as sterile up front as a Karanka set up v Wolves on the opening day, only losing to an Ayala individual error.
Despite playing well, and winning, at home to Sheffield United on Saturday Boro still only managed two shots on target.
Over £35m has been spent on just attacking players this window, but Boro have yet to gel and have still struggled in front of goal so far.
I’m sure the Boro attack will find the net a lot more often sooner rather than later, but how do you bet on an odds on favourite that is so shy about finding the net.
Well, Boro are probably one of the best defensive teams in this division, having had by far the best record during the march to promotion – and with Ben Gibson, Dani Ayala (when fit) and George Friend – contributing to Boro having a PL record in defence envied by many teams outside of the top six, Burton are facing a big challenge just to get on the scoresheet.
This is a game that Middlesbrough should realistically win given Burton are forecast to finish rock bottom and currently occupy that spot following two defeats.
So the bet here would be about Boro recording a second consecutive clean sheet at home. Burton failed to score in their first game (a defeat to Cardiff) and although they did score at Hull, they lost 4-1 against a team who’s defence is nowhere near as strong as Boro’s.
Get your money on a Middlesbrough Clean Sheet, somewhere around 10/11 would be a nice price.