Middlesbrough look to get back into the top six places for first time in April when they take on Stoke City at the Riverside Stadium on Friday night. Tony Pulis has been able to push aside criticism from supporters to once again help Boro come close to the play-off places. Boro are just one point behind Bristol in the sixth place, but Johnson’s men have played a game less. Meanwhile, Stoke City are set to look only for pride in the remaining four games of the season. Follow all our predictions, free bets, and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough were able to come up with back-to-back wins and clean sheets to revive their play-off hopes. Boro’s latest victory was a 1-0 success over Hull City at the Riverside Stadium.
Stoke City were back among draws after a 2-2 draw with Rotherham United at the Bet365 Stadium. Despite possessing a 2-0 lead after just 29 minutes, Stoke ended up dropping more points.
The previous game between Stoke and Middlesbrough was unsurprisingly a draw, as Tony Pulis returned to the Bet365 Stadium. Middlesbrough’s last home game against Stoke was in 2016 when the Potters forced a draw. Our betting tips and predictions would go with a Middlesbrough win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Middlesbrough win at 1.83[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough have been able to pick up back-to-back victories to get back into the race for the top six, but Stoke are usually resilient to defeats – even if they have not been winning a lot of matches this season. Stoke are especially poor when it comes to away matches and the narrow victory over Blackburn is the only away success for the team since November. Even though Middlesbrough do not have promotion in their hands, the home advantage makes our preview go with a victory for Tony Pulis’ men.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Middlesbrough win at 1.83[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough vs Stoke City draw odds: 3.40
Stoke City win odds: 4.50
Correct Score odds
Tony Pulis’ teams have never been known for goals and it is not a surprise that Middlesbrough have been among the lowest scorers in the division even though they are in a position to finish in the top six. This is largely due to Boro’s defence, which is the best in the business. Boro have also kept back-to-back clean sheets. They are up against a Stoke team that has managed less than a goal per game in away matches. Our correct score prediction would opt for a Middlesbrough 1-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Middlesbrough 1-0 win at 5.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The brilliant defence of Middlesbrough has conceded just 36 goals this season. Even more incredible is their defence conceding just 16 goals in home matches. Stoke will have a tough time against such a defence. Our total goals prediction would go with under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.53[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Britt Assombalonga showed his striker’s instinct by coming up with the winner against Hull City during the weekend. This happens to be the first goal from the striker since the middle of February. Even though he has been on such a poor run, there has been an improvement from Assombalonga in the last two games. He has come up with strong performances against Bolton and Hull. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Britt Assombalonga.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Britt Assombalonga at 5.50[/bet_tip_now]
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