Middlesbrough vs Stoke
Match previewsFriday, 20 Dec 2019 19:45
Middlesbrough vs Stoke Prediction Verdict
After a thorough analysis of stats, recent form and H2H through Bettingsuretips's algorithm, as well as, tipsters advice for the match Middlesbrough vs Stoke this is our Prediction:
For Total Goals, we predict Under 2.5, that have a probability of 56%
Reason For Middlesbrough vs Stoke Betting Tips
Another Basement Scrap for Boro
It’s a familiar story for the Riverside faithful on Friday night, as they host another side near the bottom of the table. Having clashed with Charlton and Barnsley in their last two home matches, Boro are once again taking on a troubled team.
Stoke head into this clash having really struggled for results in the new campaign. Their play-off push never started and the Potters remain in the bottom three in the Championship. New boss Michael O’Neill has been trusted to pull them clear of danger, but will his side sink further into despair this weekend?
Stepping up at the Riverside
Middlesbrough have enjoyed a strong run at home, while remaining one of the worst travellers in the league. Boro have yet to win a match on the road this term, which has caused major issues for boss Jonathan Woodgate this term. His men have needed results at home to take them out of the bottom three, with their recent four-match unbeaten run at the Riverside seeing them move out of the danger zone.
Meanwhile, the onus is also on Stoke to step up here. The Potters have won only once in their last five games, which has left them two points shy of safety as it stands. While O’Neill has an impressive track record behind him as he looks to save the visitors, his early days at the bet365 have left a lot to be desired. Meanwhile, their return of one point in three trips to this ground is a concern.
The visitors are under pressure to get a result, but there are concerns their away record will let them down in a game of this size. Stoke come here with a poor return on the road, having lost 70% of their trips so far this season. The visitors have lost four of their last five away in the Championship, making them the perfect mark for Boro.
The hosts have back-to-back wins here over fellow strugglers, having returned maximum points from their home clashes with the bottom eight so far this term. Meanwhile, Stoke have lost seven and drawn once at the eight sides who sit above them in the league. Given their poor return in similar away games and in visits to this ground, we are backing the Potters to lose this trip.
Middlesbrough have claimed all their wins against the league’s lesser lights, with each of those victories coming in 1-0 home wins. They’ve kept a clean sheet in nearly half their home games, while Stoke have failed to score in 40% of their trips. With Boro winning back-to-back games here 1-0, we’re backing a repeat on Friday night.
Home win: 2.89
Away win: 2.50
Over 2.5 goals: 2.19
Under 2.5 goals: 1.68
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