A Chat With Boro

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The season is almost upon us, so we thought it only right that we got the views of the opposition.

So, ahead of our trip to Middlesbrough we caught up with Rob from oneBoro to find out his views before the Premier League kick-off.

What are your hopes for Boro’s season?

Safety more than anything else… if this means fourth bottom, most Boro fans would take that right now. If we can have a season of stability, along with a decent cup run I’d be happy with that!

In reality, it’s going to be a long, tough season. I’m sure we’ll see some highs, but we need to stick with the manager and players when things don’t go to plan.

What are you expectations of Stoke’s season?

This is a tough one to call. Under Mark Hughes it feels like Stoke have found the consistency and are achieving top-half finishes, however the real test this season will be how do you push on from this? Do you have enough to challenge for the top six? I’m not quite sure – I’m going to predict another ninth place finish.

How do you think Stoke have changed since our last meeting in 2009?

A lot has changed in the past seven years for both clubs, although thankfully we’re now back in the top flight. As mentioned in the last comment, Stoke have cemented themselves as a solid, consistent top half Premier League club with a handful of players who can influence a match.

Who are Stoke’s danger men in your eyes?

You have to look at Marko Arnautovic, having a hand in 17 goals in the Premier League last season, he’s one Boro defenders will have to closely watch. He’ll be hoping to continue his fine form this season having just signed a long term contract.

Who is Boro’s main man ahead of the new campaign?

It’ll be interesting to see who can make the step up from Championship football to the Premier League. Ben Gibson is a solid centre-back who has been fast-tracked into the England set-up after being earmarked as one to watch. Adam Clayton bossed center midfield last season and featured in the Championship Team of the Season. Stewart Downing will feel like he has unfinished business in the Premier League after dropping down a division to join us from West Ham. Jordan Rhodes finally has his chance to prove his worth in the Premier League, after picking up numerous awards and top goal scorer records in the Championship and League One; it’s going to be fascinating to see how he progresses.

And finally…a score prediction?

Too close to call at the moment- it’ll be interesting to see if/how Boro make the step up. Let’s go for a 1-1.

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