Stoke v Middlesbrough
Stoke take on Middlesbrough in a game that could show us how the rest of the season could pan out
Stoke’s next three fixtures could decide what division we could be competing in next season. Prior to the lockdown, we could of looked at these 3 games as 7 points in the bag. That has all changed especially as Saturday’s opponents Middlesbrough have sacked Jonathan Woodgate . The appointment of Warnock, a manager I’m sure Stoke have failed to register a win against has made this fixture a lot harder than it was.
Middlesbrough do have issues to get around, Mainly getting 6 first team players to sign a new contract to allow them to play past the Stoke game. If they can’t then that alone could resign them to a very hard last 7 fixtures with Ex Stoke player Ryan Shotton being one of the 6 including Jonny Howson, George Friend, Adam Clayton, Rudy Gestede and Marvin Johnson needing to sign that extension.
Back to the game.
Saturday’s fixture will be the 98th meeting of the two sides with Middlesbrough coming out on top.
97 games played
Last 10 meetings
Stoke have lost the last two meetings, the Corresponding fixture this season Stoke lost 2-1, Clucas scored stoke goals.
Middlesbrough are lacking any kind of form, only winning 1 of their last 14 fixtures, in contrast to Stoke who have won 6 of their last 14
Last 3 results
Reading 1-1 Stoke
Stoke 5-1 Hull
Luton 1-1 Stoke
Middlesbrough 0-3 Swansea
Charlton 0-1 Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough 2-2 Forest
Who to watch out for
Lewis Wing has had a half decent season despite his clubs failings scoring 7 goals from midfield. Ashley Fletcher is the clubs top scorer this season with 8 goals
What does everyone expect from the game versus Middlesbrough.
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