FootyMAD's Stoke City match preview

Last updated : 20 March 2009 By Footymad Previewer
Footymad preview
History of the Stoke City v Middlesbrough fixture

Middlesbrough travel to take on Stoke City at Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Boro will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 25 and win only 10 of the 45 games.

The last time the two teams met at Stoke City was more than a decade ago, in February 1998, with Middlesbrough inflicting a narrow 1 - 2 defeat upon the Potters in a League Division One match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2008/2009Sat 30 AugMiddlesbrough2 - 1Stoke CityPREM
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

Recent respective form guides

Stoke City have collected 2 wins and 3 draws from their last six home matches. The goals for column just outweighs the goals against over this period, 5 to 3.

The away form of Middlesbrough is pretty dire, accumulating just 1 victory and 1 draw from their last six played. While the Boro have hit 4 goals, 11 have hit the back of the wrong net.

Stoke City are stuck down in the relegation zone of Barclays Premier League with a return of just 29 points from their 29 games thus far. Middlesbrough are stuck down in the relegation zone of Barclays Premier League with a return of just 27 points from their 29 games thus far.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP
Stoke City6222898

FootyMad's prediction ...

FootyMad see this game edging towards a narrow win for the Potters, as the Boro have been none too clever on the road in recent matches. Home win

Sequence statistics:
Stoke City Unbeaten in the last 4 home games.
Middlesbrough Lost each of the previous 2 away matches.
Not won in previous 5 away matches.
No win in the 3 most recent games.