No reasons for actual general drop on home win, true that Stoke is quite bad away (2-1-7 10/17) and is only third from bottom, but hosts with only two points more and both teams till now worst then expected.
Stoke loose six matches in last 12 rounds, but apart the defeat against Hull, all arrived against teams in fight for promotion places.
Middlesborough with only two wins in 15 rounds, against Barnsley last on table and against Charlton in a match in which both players had various key absences.
Problems of absences mounting for hosts with two players suspended, key midf. and co second scorer McNair ( 21 3g most used player in the season from start) and Browne ( midf.5+8), while remain unavailable first keeper Randolph, probably topscorer Assombalonga (6g) -probably to soon re enter for him with upcoming busy christmas calendar - last season key def. and captain Friend ( 2/37+1), Dijiksteel ( def.9+3).
Stoke without Etebo ( midf.8+3) and N'Dyaie ( midf.10+3) both not new missings, while Carter-Vickers ( def.12) is in doubt after almost one month out.
Apart away weakness of Stoke ( but hosts won only 4 of their eleven home matches and have the worst home attack in league with only nine goals scored) this should be a balanced match in normal conditions, key absences for hosts make Stoke a bit more favourite in my opinion.
Middlesbrough vs Stoke City betting tips
Stoke AH +0 (Stake: 7)Odds: 1.85 at Pinnacle
Result: 2-1 LOST (-7 units)