Follow the build up of prematch stats and check back after the game for full match stats.
LINE UP AND POSSIBLE FORMATION
Tony Pulis has a good record since 2006 when facing his former clubs (W10, D2, L2). Return.
Both teams are unbeaten in four of their last five Championship matches as Stoke (W3, D1, L1) welcome Middlesbrough (W2, D2, L1) to the bet365 Stadium.
Middlesbrough are joint-top for points won away from home (12) after losing just one of their seven games away from Teesside (W3, D3, L1). Middlesbrough’s matches have averaged the lowest goal return in the division (1.7 per game, in total).
This is Tony Pulis’ third attempt at winning in the Potteries (D1, L1) as a manager, since leaving Stoke for the second time in November 2013.
MATCH OUTCOME PROBABILITY
Tony Pulis has actually got a fantastic record managing against Stoke having only been beaten once in 14 games (W7, D6, L1).
Pulis lost his first league match against Stoke in November 1992 as Bournemouth manager – he hasn’t lost any of his last 13 against them.
BORO RECORD v STOKE
Middlesbrough are still yet to score from outside the box in the Championship this season despite attempting 76 shots from outside the area.
Outside the Premier League, Middlesbrough last faced Stoke in February 1998 – winning 2-1 in the second tier.
Stoke haven’t lost consecutive home Championship matches since November 2007 (three in a row) when they were managed by Tony Pulis.
Stoke have five wins to Middlesbrough’s three from ten previous meetings, with two draws. The only times this pair have met in the last decade was in the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, with Stoke winning 2-0 at home and drawing 1-1 at The Riverside.