Middlesbrough vs Stoke – Result Prediction (Championship – 20.12.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

Yet another relegation ‘six-pointer’ at home awaits Middlesbrough, but encouragingly, each of their last two home league games against bottom-half teams have been won by a 1-0 scoreline. In fact, all of Middlesbrough’s league victories this season saw the same scoreline, with a 50/50 split of first v second-half winners. Seeing just 19 goals in total this season, the Riverside Stadium comfortably ranks as the least entertaining ground in the Championship (1.73 goals per-match on average). Unsurprisingly then, 81.82% of the league games here this term have produced under 2.5 match goals.

Should Stoke fall behind, it may be hard for them to recover. The ‘Potters’ have scored an equaliser just twice after falling behind at any point of away games (nine times) this season. Moreover, six of their ten away games saw both teams score and over 2.5 total goals, something that only two of Middlesbrough’s 11 at home saw. If nothing else, Stoke boast the Championship’s best disciplinary record (25 yellows, one red), averaging 1.18 cards per-match. Consequently, the opposition has received more bookings than Stoke in four of their last six away league games, with Stoke themselves never receiving more than one booking per-match in this sequence.

Players to watch: A George Saville goal after just 52 seconds was enough to settle the match last time out at home, representing Middlesbrough’s quickest goal of the season. Sam Clucas scored the first and last goal in Stoke’s only away victory across the last five rounds, Stoke have won both away games thus far in which he found the net.

Stat attack: Middlesbrough have received 2+ bookings in each of their last seven league matches. The majority of Stoke’s league victories this term have produced a margin of 2+ goals (60%). Stoke have lost all but one game in which they trailed by half-time this term (W1, L8).

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: ENGLAND: Championship.
Kick off: 20.12.2019, 19:45 UTC.
Venue: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).

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