Middlesbrough – Stoke City, Asian Handicap 0 Middlesbrough, Stake 6/10, odd 2.04 at Betfair (1-0 WIN)
PREVIEW: 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.