Middlesbrough had a midweek upset of the Premier Leagues’s Crystal Palace on Wednesday. They’ve also just had their next round draw which revealed a matchup against League One’s Burton Albion in the fifth round. Leading into today’s match, the biggest question for me revolves around if Boro can stay focused instead of looking ahead. According to the league table, 3rd-ranked Boro should bring the game to 14th-ranked Stoke City (In our current Championship Power Rankings we have Boro at #3 and Stoke at #15). Both sides enter the match with good recent form and will look to continue that today.
Despite their table positions, Boro enters Stoke City’s Bet365 Stadium as underdogs in a matchup that’s expected to be very low scoring. While favored, Stoke isn’t favored by much and all three outcomes are not markedly different from an odds perspective.