FootyMAD's Stoke City match preview

Last updated : 29 August 2008 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Middlesbrough v Stoke City fixture

Middlesbrough play host to Stoke City at Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon, looking to continue an impressive record. The Boro are clearly on top, having won 27 and lost only 8 of the 45 games.

The last time the two teams met at Middlesbrough was more than a decade ago, in August 1997, with Stoke City inflicting a narrow 0-1 defeat upon the Boro in a League Division One match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
1997/1998Sun 01 FebStoke City1 - 2MiddlesbroughCHMP
1997/1998Sat 23 AugMiddlesbrough0-1Stoke CityCHMP
1994/1995Sat 08 AprMiddlesbrough2 - 1Stoke CityCHMP
1994/1995Sat 31 DecStoke City1 - 1MiddlesbroughCHMP
1993/1994Sat 11 DecStoke City3 - 1MiddlesbroughCHMP
1993/1994Tue 14 SepMiddlesbrough1 - 2Stoke CityCHMP
1989/1990Sat 14 AprStoke City0 - 0MiddlesbroughCHMP

Recent respective form guides

Middlesbrough have lost just once in their last six home games, winning four and drawing the other one. In this time, Boro have rattled up an impressive 19 goals, and conceded 6.

The Potters have had a decent run of form away from home recently, with 3 victories and just 1 loss from the last six. The Potters's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 8 goals for and 7 against.

Middlesbrough see themselves just below half way in the Barclays Premier League, showing a record of 3 points from their 2 games played so far, Stoke City find themselves struggling down in 15th position in the league having picked up 3 points from their 2 matches.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP
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FootyMad's prediction ...

Middlesbrough are starting to turn Riverside Stadium into a fortress, but the quality of opposition for this game makes your FootyMad panel believe the teams will share the spoils on this occasion. Score draw

Sequence statistics:
Middlesbrough Won 4 successive home games.
6 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 7 .
Stoke City 5 games since last away draw.
Last drawn game 4 outings ago.