Stoke City travel to Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough on Saturday as the Potters attempt to push for a late playoff charge.
The Potters are currently ten points off the playoffs and a win could see them move into the top half but may be heading for a season of mid table mediocrity.
The Potters endured a comfortable 2-0 victory last time out after overcoming a stubborn Wycombe Wanderers as Rhys Norrington-Davies scored his first for the club and a Harry Souttar header rounded off proceedings.
The Home Side
The hosts are currently in ninth after suffering defeat in their last outing against Swansea City following on from a late Andre Ayew penalty.
Neil Warnock took charge at the end of the 2019/20 season and has steadied the ship which has saw Boro compete in the top half of the table for most of this season.
George Saville currently has the most goal involvements and has five registered strikes and has supplied for his teammates on four different occasions.
The Potters have been on a mixed run of form as of late including three wins and three consecutive losses in their last six matches.
Meanwhile the hosts will be hoping to find more consistency in their upcoming games after earning three wins and one draw, but have also suffered two losses in their last six matches.
Both sides have found the ability to pick up wins but will be hoping to hit form at the right time to end the season well.
Norrington-Davies, Jordan Cousins and Sam Vokes are nursing knocks after picking up injuries in training this week and they will be assessed ahead of the game.
Long term absentees Nathan Collins and Tyrese Campbell are still facing a significant time out of action.
The Potters have picked up more wins in recent times, as they struggled for an elusive victory when going 11 matches without a victory during this season and will be wary of the threat an organised Boro side will pose.
This may end up being a draw as both sides won’t want to lose and the Potters are just about remaining in the hunt for the playoffs.