Middlesbrough vs Stoke Predictions and Betting Tips: Championship 20/12/19
Middlesbrough vs Stoke predictions and betting tips for the Friday night Championship fixture between two struggling sides. Boro are 20th in the table and Stoke are 22nd, so this is an early season relegation battle between two former Premier League clubs.
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Middlesbrough are not having a good season under former player Jonathan Woodgate and things were made worse last weekend when both Marcus Browne and Patrick McNair were sent off in their 3-1 defeat against Swansea. They’ve only won two of their last 15 matches now and their manager must be worried about his future now. A defeat to fellow strugglers Stoke could be the last nail in the coffin.
Stoke have already changed manager this season but things haven’t really got any better. One positive is they have kept two clean sheets in their last two matches now. They should have beaten Reading at the weekend but had to settle for a 0-0 draw and it’s results like that that may prove costly come the end of the season.
Reasons for our Middlesbrough vs Stoke Predictions
Goals have been hard to come by for both of these teams and that should continue in tonight’s Championship fixture.
Both managers have a very important Christmas period coming up and a win for Stoke tonight would give them a big boost ahead of the Boxing Day fixtures.
Stoke are currently just two points above bottom club Barnsley, with Middlesbrough a further three points ahead of the Potters.
Middlesbrough vs Stoke Total Goals Prediction
Looking at the stats for this match, it is hard to see how it will be high scoring. Middlesbrough have only scored four goals in their last five matches and in their last ten home matches, they’ve only scored more than one goal once. That is an alarming set of statistics for a side who are struggling down the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship. They will not get out of trouble unless they start scoring goals. Eight of those 10 matches have been under 2.5 goals.
Stoke have only scored two goals in their last five games and they’ve failed to score in three of their last five away matches. One of their recent away games though was a 4-2 win against Barnsley which goes completely against the stats for this prediction. However, it is hard to see that happening again at the Riverside tonight.
Middlesbrough vs Stoke – Who will win?
Neither of these sides are very good but if Middlesbrough are to get out of trouble, they will need to rely on their home form. They’re unbeaten in four matches at the Riverside now and they’ve won their last two against fellow strugglers Barnsley and Charlton. Another win here would give them a big boost ahead of the Boxing Day and New Year’s Day fixtures and it is a little surprising to see Stoke are favourites in the betting odds for this match. The Potters have only won one of their last five away and in that time they’ve failed to score in three of the games. If Boro can keep it tight at the back again tonight, they should get a result. With that in mind, the second Middlesbrough vs Stoke betting tip for tonight is a Middlesbrough win using the draw no bet market. This means if the match is a draw our bet is void.
Middlesbrough vs Stoke Correct Score Prediction
Stoke have failed to score in three of their last five away and Middlesbrough’s last two home matches have finished in 1-0 victories. If they can give a repeat of those performances they might just sneak a win in this Friday night fixture. Another 1-0 win is on the cards for Boro tonight and the odds for this are 7/1 with William Hill. If you are looking for a correct score tip on this match that is what I’d go with.
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