Stoke City vs Middlesbrough
English League Championship
Date: Saturday, 3rd November 2018
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke on Trent)
Middlesbrough aims for the top spot but there is a tough challenge ahead of the team with their visit to Stoke City.
Stoke still has the ambition for a return to the Premier League but the teams fails to play consistently well. They are currently 5 points away from 6th placed Derby County and cannot afford many more slip ups. The Potters need to pay particular attention to their home form as currently they have one of the worst home records in the league.
Last week the team managed to get all the points in a tough fixture away at Bristol City. Experience midfielder Darren Fletcher opened the score in the 33rd minute and the team proceeded to limit their opponent’s chances in the game. Bristol had a few chances but Butland had an excellent night between the posts saving all their efforts.
Middlesbrough are sitting 3rd just 2 points behind the top spot and equal points to 2nd placed Leeds Untied. The team benefits from strong and organized defensive line which has the best record in the league with only 8 goals conceded. What Middlesbrough needs is a bit more goals up front and the team will be far ahead.
Boro took another victory with a clean sheet midweek this time in the EFL Cup. The team won against Premier League side Crystal Palace with 1-0. In the league though the team made 2 draws and both were because of poor finishing. On Saturday they hosted Derby at riverside in a battle for the top spots. Boro was losing most of the time but eventually managed to equalize near the end.
Stoke vs Middlesbrough: Head-to-head
- Stoke have seen less than 2.5 goals in the last 5 games
- Stoke have seen less than 2.5 goals in 5 out of 6 home games
- Boro are unbeaten in 4 away games winning the last 2
- Boro is unbeaten in 4 games
- Last time these sides met in the Premier League in 16-17 season with Stoke winning their home game while a draw was the result at Riverside.
- Stoke won its last 2 home games against Middlesbrough with a clean sheet
Stoke vs Middlesbrough: Predictions
Stoke City are a good side but they need consistency. Especially at home the team need to improve its results. Middlesbrough is one of the best visitors in the league and that coupled with Stoke’s difficulties in front of home crowd may help them get something from the game. The visitors are slight favourites in a game which shouldn’t offer many goals.
Stoke vs Middlesbrough: Bet Tips
Middlesbrough +0.5 AH at 1.60
Under 2.5 goals at 1.65.