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Stoke City will be travelling to Riverside Stadium to kick off their first match against Middlesbrough this season. The match will begin at 20:00 local time this Saturday.
For Middlesbrough, this could be a chance to get out of their no-scoring slump. In their two last matches, Middlesbrough was unable to get any shots in the net against Udinese or Real Sociedad. In contrast, Stoke City took a win from Orlando City and a loss against Hamburger SV last Saturday.
However, Stoke City has a disadvantaged bench - Afellay is out with a knee ligament injury and Stephen Ireland with a broken leg. Middlesbrough is looking strong with no injuries to take away from the cohesiveness of the team. Nonetheless, this is a new platform for Middlesbrough, who are coming to Premier League after seven years in Championship. With new, stronger teams to play under more stringent conditions, it will be intriguing to see how they play.
Stoke City have got a pretty strong squad, which is much more experienced than their opponents. This definitely gives them an edge here, but we can expect the hosts to put up a fierce fight. With a pretty impressive season in the Championships last year, carrying on the same form forward will certainly be tricky for them.
Tags: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, Stoke City, Stephen Ireland, Premier League