Middlesbrough vs Stoke City
Date: Friday, 19 April 2019
Kick-Off 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).
Middlesbrough returned to the battle for the promotional play-offs after a pair of successive league wins over Bolton Wanderers and Hull City. They are now just one point shy of sixth-placed Bristol City and will be desperate to keep the winning thread going on Good Friday when bottom-half Stoke City come to visit Riverside Stadium.
Hosts had a roller-coaster campaign so far in the season under Tony Pulis. They were recently on a streak of six subsequent defeats in the competition before taking advantage of two somewhat easier fixtures against Bolton Wanderers and Hull City. Defensive line did the job in these two ties, but can they keep things tight at the back here against the Potters?
Middlesbrough vs Stoke City: Head-to-head
Boro were much more successful in the history of head to head encounters with the Potters at Riverside Stadium.
Middlesbrough won 21, drew 6 and lost just 3 of 30 home matches with Stoke City.
None of past four head to head ties saw three or more goals scored.
Teams shared spoils in a goalless draw when they locked horns in the first half of the season at Bet365 Stadium.
Middlesbrough vs Stoke City: Prediction
The Potters are 12 points above the danger area and they have nothing to play for in remaining four games of the season. They played hot and cold throughout the entire campaign and are probably the toughest team to predict in this season of Championship.
Anyhow, Pulis’ compatriot on Stoke’s bench, Nathan Jones, can’t quite be thrilled with his men’s performances in last two league outings. The Potters fell 3-1 away at Swansea City before playing a 2-2 draw to relegation strugglers Rotherham United on the home patch last time out.
The motivation factor will be huge here and we have to take the 1.85 odds offered for the home win bet.
Middlesbrough vs Stoke City: Bet Tips
Middlesbrough to win @ 1.85 (17/20)
Middlesbrough to keep a clean sheet @ 2.10 (11/10).