At home Riverside, Middlesbrough struggling in the last group will have a great 6-point battle with the relegation battle when welcoming Stoke City is also a direct competitor in the last group with them. This is the match in the 23rd round, whether The Potters will rediscover the away win after 2 consecutive defeats to level the score with the host. Or Boro will let Stoke hold his hatred like the return of the previous season, thereby increasing the gap with the red light.

Last season also at home, Middlesbrough defeated Stoke City 1-0, they were also confident at home now with 4 consecutive matches recently unbeaten. After two previous unbeaten rounds with a home win when Charlton Athletic was welcomed with Nottingham Forest's draw on the pitch, Boro's excitement was blocked with a crushing defeat 1-3 at Wales before Swansea were in the first group, they only had the honor table of Marcus Tavernier in the 59th minute after preparing Ashley Fletcher's deck, but the red card of Marcus Browne directly after 4 minutes caused Boro to collapse with 2 goals later. At the end of the match, one of their defenders was disqualified as Patrick McNair. The 9th defeat this season makes Boro only 3 points away from the dangerous position of Stoke himself.

The away field is really worrying Stoke with 4 defeats in the last 5 away games with bad performance with only 2 wins in the last 6 rounds. Anyway, The Potters have a little signal of prosperity when unbeaten in both recent rounds to narrow the gap with a safe position to 2 meager points. Although the previous round had home ground, but they still let Reading leave with a tedious 0-0 draw, this is the third draw of this season of Stoke, they need to quickly overcome the 4th worst defense in the tournament with 35 goals. lose.