However, it will not be an easy game for Chris Wilder’s side. Although Stoke sit 12th in the table, they are currently second in the Championship form table having won four of their six previous games.
That being said, Wilder’s team were able to overcome Cardiff City 2-0 midweek to put an end to their lack of goal scoring.
With Middlesbrough having played on Wednesday though they have a short turn around between games so this could be a close affair.
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Middlesbrough are in a good place with options now as Dael Fry available for the game after he has been missing out for a number of weeks with a calf injury.
They are also boosted by the return of Matt Crooks who has missed out recently due to suspension after picking up 15 yellow cards.
Harry Souttar remains a long term absentee for Stoke City but there are no new injury issues for O’Neill’s side.
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A number of variables means this game looks like it could be a close one. However, we’re saying Middlesbrough will edge it 2-1 with the goal scoring belief back alongside the motivation of the play-offs.
Is there a live stream? Is it on TV?
With the game set to be played on a Saturday afternoon, there is no live stream for the game to watched via although fans can purchase an iFollow pass for commentary.
What time is kick-off?
The game takes place on Saturday afternoon with a 3pm kick-off time at The Riverside Stadium.