Our prediction for this Championship match:
Middlesbrough and Stoke City face each other at Riverside Stadium in what is expected to be an interesting Championship game. The Boro aim to build on back-to-back wins over Reading (5-0) and Swansea (3-1), and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Matt Clarke misses out with a back problem, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Potters, on the other hand, looks sharp in front of goal in back-to-back wins over Sunderland (5-1) and Blackburn (3-2), and, taking everything into account, over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered. All Ben Wilmot, Matija Sarkic, and Nick Powell remain in the recovery room, but there are no suspended players in the visiting team. In their last meeting at the venue Middlesbrough defeated Stoke City 3-1, which is yet another reason why a high-scoring affair is on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Jack Bonham):
Jack Bonham is a professional footballer who was born in Stevenage on the 14th of September, 1993. The 26-year-old, although having born in England, is an Irish International and has featured for the Republic of Ireland's Under-17 team five times.
At the club level, he began his youth career with Watford and signed his first professional contract in September 2010 at the age of 17. Bonham's first-ever professional appearance came on the 4th of May, 2013 as a substitute against Leeds United in the final game of the 12/13 Championship season.
This appearance marked the 1.92 m standing goalkeeper's only appearance in a Watford shirt. Bonham then went on to play for clubs like Brentford, Carlisle United and Bristol Rovers before eventually joining Gillingham at the start of the 2019 season on a two-year contract. He's since featured nine times for the club and kept two clean sheets.
Highlighted Team (Middlesbrough):
Middlesbrough is a professional football club that have been balancing between the top two divisions of England’s league system in the modern history. Boro have been playing their home games at the Riverside Stadium since 1995 and their shirt colour is red. The capacity of the Riverside Stadium is 34,742. Middlesbrough impressed in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and they did really well to secure promotion to the English top flight. Newcastle United and Sunderland are regarded as the club’s main rivals, but there is a rivalry with Leeds United as well.
Middlesbrough made it to the FA Cup final in 1997, but Chelsea proved to be a big catch for the Boro in the title game (0-2). However, the Riverside Stadium outfit did remarkably well to win the League Cup trophy in 2004, with the team beating Bolton Wanderers in the final. George Boateng, Stewart Downing, Juninho Paulista, Gareth Southgate, Jonathan Woodgate, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Tuncay Sanli and Hamilton Ricard are the star footballers who left their mark at Middlesbrough.