Stoke City welcome Middlesbrough to the Bet365 Stadium for Saturday’s late Championship kick-off. The Potters ceased their winless run in the weekend just past and this sees them within five points off the playoff positions. Meanwhile, Middlesbrough relinquished their top spot in the standings after bagging another stalemate. Tony Pulis’ side are now third on the table with goal difference separating them from an automatic promotion place. Follow all our predictions, odds, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Stoke secured a third victory from five league matches as they picked up a 1-0 win against Bristol City on the road. Darren Fletcher bagged the only goal of the clash in the 33th minute.
Middlesbrough, though, failed to maintain their top position on the table after drawing for the second league game on the bounce. They, however, found success in the League Cup fourth round in midweek after beating Crystal Palace by a 1-0 score
Stoke’s previous meeting against Middlesbrough was at the Bet365 Stadium last year where they bagged a 2-0 win. Marko Arnautovic was the star performer back then with a first-half brace. Our betting tips and predictions fancy a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.20[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough are priced at 3.10 for the win while Stoke are backed for the same result at 2.40. Boro have gone through a lean streak with back-to-back stalemates and this trend is unlikely to change when they make the trip to Staffordshire. Still, they have the tactical nous under Pulis to make things difficult for the opposition and a close game is on the cards. Our preview would back a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.20[/bet_tip_now]
Stoke City win odds: 2.40
Middlesbrough win odds: 3.10
Correct Score odds
Stoke have experienced a mixed run of form in their home patch but they have won the previous three matches in which they have scored and kept a clean sheet. Stoke have the tendency to be vulnerable in defence but we still do not expect Middlesbrough to run with the game, as they have managed not more than one goal in 60% of their matches this term. Our correct score prediction anticipates a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”] 1-1 draw at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Stoke have produced more than two goals in just one of the previous five matches at the Bet365 Stadium and they have kept three clean sheets. A shutout does not appear certain this weekend but a low-scoring fest is likely due to with Boro possessing the best defence by a stretch in the current league campaign. Our total goals prediction would back less than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.62[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Both teams have lacked the presence of a consistent goalscorer upfront this term but Britt Assombalonga can return to scoring ways. The 25-year-old has netted just once in the previous five matches but he still has a good chance of finding the net as the club’s biggest attacking threat. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Assombalonga.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Britt Assombalonga at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
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