Stoke vs Middlesbrough: Potters tipped to grind out victory

Stoke vs Middlesbrough: Potters tipped to grind out victory

Kick-off: 1730, 03/11/2018

Stadium: Bet365 Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

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What Trueform says for Stoke vs Middlesbrough

Stoke took a while to settle into life in the Championship but are now enjoying more ups than downs and get the nod over Middlesbrough.

The visitors are a dogged bunch but do sometimes fail to impress going forward and that could be their undoing on this occasion.

In what should be a tight tussle, we’re siding with the Potters at 27/20 for our initial Stoke vs Middlesbrough prediction.

A Look At Stoke City’s Betting Odds

Stoke followed up a fine draw away to Championship leaders Sheffield United by prevailing 1-0 at Bristol City, making it three wins in five matches.

City began impressively at Ashton Gate and took a 34th-minute lead through Darren Fletcher, while Jack Butland then made a couple of superb late saves to maintain the advantage.

Manager Gary Rowett said: “Now we are five points off the play-offs and we haven’t played to our best yet. It’s where we are come April that matters to me.

“There have been plenty of encouraging signs from recent away games and I’m happy with how we are progressing.”

The Potters also kept clean sheets when beating Bolton and Norwich last month, so 13/5 they win to nil again here takes the eye from the Stoke vs Middlesbrough odds.

A Look At Middlesbrough’s Betting Odds

Middlesbrough booked a place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals by seeing off Premier League outfit Crystal Palace in midweek and are well placed in the Championship table.

They are seven points and nine spots above Stoke in third, with just eight goals conceded in 15 league fixtures.

Such resilience at the back is typical of a Tony Pulis team, but there have been a few blips of late.

Boro were recently beaten 2-0 at home by Nottingham Forest and held to a goalless draw by Rotherham at the Riverside.

Only a late deflection saved them from tasting defeat against Derby on Teesside last weekend and we just feel the North-East outfit look vulnerable at the moment.

Let’s finish off our Stoke vs Middlesbrough betting tips by taking 25/4 for the Potters to shade a 1-0 victory.

Additional stats

Last result:

Bristol City 0-1 STOKE – Darren Fletcher

MIDDLESBROUGH 1-0 Crystal Palace – Lewis Wing

Head-to-head: Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 1-1 Stoke

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