August 16, 2022 Sports Betting
Middlesbrough and Stoke City will square off at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night. Both teams have had difficult seasons.
With just one victory between them in their first three games, the teams are now ranked 16th and 19th in the Championship, respectively.
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Stoke City vs Middlesbrough Tips and Prediction
Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough club was one of the preseason favorites to be promoted, so it was undoubtedly unexpected for him to discover them at the bottom of the standings without a win.
Wilder might think that his team is beginning to gel even though his former team Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers, and West Bromwich Albion provided difficult tripleheaders.
Gaining a point from their encounter against the Blades on Sunday could be crucial for momentum, as their goals in the draw at the Riverside Stadium came from Chuba Akpom, a player who appeared to be leaving the club. If Akpom continues at the club as he has indicated, there appears to be a lot of work ahead for Wilder despite having overseen nine incomings thus far. To balance the squad, Wilder might need to organize further departures.
The most recent of these is Alex Mowatt, a West Bromwich Albion loanee midfielder with the potential to make a difference in the field’s middle. Stoke saw their Saturday trip to a winless Huddersfield Town as their best opportunity to lock up a spot in the top six. However, the Potters failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities at the John Smith’s Stadium, including a penalty in the first half, and a 3-1 defeat in Yorkshire left Michael O’Neill feeling incredibly let down.
Given the significant changes to his first-team players, the Northern Irishman would have been hoping for more than three points from his team’s inaugural triple-header, and pressure remains on the Potters boss to do the right thing.
Stoke will have the challenging task of traveling to league-leading Blackburn Rovers after back-to-back home games against Boro and Sunderland. In those three games, anything might happen because of how unpredictable the Championship is, but Stoke must respond well to give their supporters the sense that they are getting better under O’Neill.
High-quality forward lines are expected to eventually find their rhythm, and on Wednesday, that may happen. But because we see more weakness in Stoke, we anticipate a close victory for the visitors.