So, what is happening at Stoke these days? The Potters are enjoying their best run of form since they were relegated from the Premier League and its now only one defeat in their last five games.
With the side just outside the playoffs can Stoke see off another form side in Middlesbrough?
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Stoke have won three of their last four home games at the Britannia Stadium, disposing of Huddersfield, Rotherham and Brentford, although their decent run of form came to an ubrupt end against high flying Norwich City, who ran out winners in an entertaining game 3-2.
The Potters find themselves just outside the playoff places in eighth place, and a win over Middlesbrough today could actually see the side move into the automatic promotion places, something unthinkable in recent times for Stoke fans!
Michael O’Neill will be looking to put that defeat against Norwich to bed and get back to winning ways at home, although things will not be easy against another team in form, Middlesbrough.
The Boro are one of the form teams in the league at the moment, taking 14 points from their last eight, but consistency seems to be a problem at the moment.
The side seems to follow up a win with a loss, then a win then a loss. This topsy turvy form will have fans scratching their heads coming in to this one.
Neil Warnock will be hoping to improve on the side’s away form. Middlesbrough have won only once away all season.
Betting wise, the bookmakers make Stoke City favourites to take all three points at 8/5, while Middlesbrough can be backed at 2/1.
Considering Stoke’s recent home form, as well as Middlesbrough’s awful away form the home win appeals at 8/5.