Middlesbrough to beat Stoke City odds appeal this Friday with the hosts at The Riverside in good form on their own patch.
Boro have won their last two home games against teams in and around them like the Potters.
Results over beleaguered Barnsley and Charlton Athletic on Teesside give hope to Middlesbrough’s managerial novice Jonathan Woodgate.
Although Boro have been without star striker Britt Assombalonga in recent games, they still managed to find a way to win those matches. He didn’t score in either.
Stoke boss Michael O’Neill, meanwhile, hasn’t addressed the team’s poor away form. The visitors have lost four of their last five on the road, yet bookmakers have them favourites to win this.
That doesn’t make sense. Despite Woodgate’s small, close-knit squad lacking much depth, the Potters failed to beat Reading at home last time out – a side two points and as many places above their hosts here.
Why Middlesbrough beat Stoke odds appeal
With home form key, Middlesbrough to beat Stoke odds of 2/1 with Betway look well worth a wager instead.
Boro have only lost twice at The Riverside since mid-August, so are clearly tough to beat. Stoke’s struggles on their travels shouldn’t be lost on punters.
The Potters have also failed to score in three of their last five away games and also drew a blank when last in action.
Middlesbrough have netted in six of their last seven matches, meanwhile. As Assombalonga has only scored two of those, they are far from reliant upon him for goals.
Up against a Stoke defence that has conceded eight goals in their last five away, and with Potters club captain Ryan Shawcross limping off on his return from injury last time out, Boro look sure to create opportunities with home advantage.
Bet of the Day: 2/1 with Betway, Middlesbrough beat Stoke City in the Championship.