Both sides are heading into the match on the back of victories in their last outing this weekend, with Boro defeating Swansea City 3-1, while the visitors got the better of Blackburn Rovers 3-2.
Middlesbrough will be aiming to put pressure on second-placed Sheffield United when they host Stoke City in an EFL Championship fixture at Riverside Stadium on Tuesday. The hosts are currently occupying third spot in the English second tier standings, having 63 points from 36 games, just four adrift of the top-two, the automatic qualification spots. The Potters, meanwhile, are sitting at the 14th position, with 46 points to their name, 11 adrift of the top-six. Both sides are heading into the match on the back of victories in their last outing this weekend, with Boro defeating Swansea City 3-1, while the visitors got the better of Blackburn Rovers 3-2.
Under the Riverside lights 😍 #UTB
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) March 14, 2023
Middlesbroug are in stunning form, having recorded seven wins from their last eight games in the second tier. On Saturday, Michael Carrick’s side secured all three points against the Swans, thanks to second-half efforts from Aaron Ramsey, Cameron Archer and Chuba Akpom. It was their 19th league-win of the season. Their only loss since the turn of the year came against West Bromwich Albion last month. Boro have been absent from the Premier League since 2017, but they are on a roll under the stewardship of Carrick, recording 15 wins, one draw and five defeats in 21 outings since October.
Stoke City, on the other hand, need to do a lot of work if they are to push for a place in the playoffs in the later stages of the season. But Alex Neil’s side will enter the match in strong form, having ended fifth-placed Blackburn Rovers’ 11-game unbeaten run in all competition on Saturday. The Potters secured all three points against the Rovers, thanks to Ki-Jan Hoever’s first-half brace and a 75th-minute effort by Tyrese Campbell. Although the Riversides netted twice in the final ten minutes, Stoke held on to the slender lead and secured their 13th league-win of the season.
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Middlesbrough defender Matt Clarke is sidelined with a back injury, while the rest of the squad is in strong shape for Tuesday’s game. Carrick is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that got the better of the Swans last time out. Akpom, who leads the race for the golden boot with 22 Championship-goals to his name this term, will continue to operate behind central-striker Archer. As for Stoke, Ben Wilmot, Matija Sarkic and Nick Powell are occupying the treatment room. Gayle is likely to lead the line, with Brown, Smallbone and Campbell in support.
Middlesbrough probable lineup: steffen, Smith, McNair, Lenihan, Giles, Howson, Hackney, McGree, Akpom, Ramsey, Archer
Stoke City probable lineup: Bonham, Hoever, Tuanzebe, Fox, Sterling, Pearson, Laurent, Brown, Smallbone, Campbell, Gayle
|West Brom||2-0 (L)|
|Sheffield United||1-3 (W)|
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Stoke draw Middlesbrough||2-2|
|Middlesbrough beat stoke||3-1|
|Stoke draw Middlesbrough||0-0|
|Middlesbrough beat Stoke||3-0|
|Stoke beat Middlesbrough||1-0|
The EFL Championship match between Middlesbrough and Stoke City will take place at Riverside Stadium on Wednesday at 1:30 am IST.
|Middlesbrough vs Stoke City||Key Details|
|Date||March 14 (UK)|
|Kickoff time in UK||8:00 pm (Tuesday)|
|Kickoff time in India||1:30 am (Wednesday)|
Football fans in the UK can catch the live action via Sky Go Extra, Sky Ultra HD, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football and TalkSport 2 Radio UK
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