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Michael O’Neill will remain perplexed with Stoke’s inconsistency throughout this season, the Potters mixing up promising spells of form with losing streaks.
Nevertheless, they still sit in sixth position after 21 games, a scenario which would have been regarded as acceptable at the beginning of August.
After successive 1-0 defeats against Bristol City and Blackburn Rovers, Stoke responded with a brilliant 2-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers last weekend.
Not only did Stoke halt QPR’s run of scoring in 31 Championship fixtures in a row, Tyrese Campbell netted his second strike since returning from a serious knee injury.
Although O’Neill will not be getting carried away, the Northern Irishman knows that a favourable schedule awaits his team, and they have an opportunity to make progress towards the faltering top two.
Stoke are expected to be without Romaine Sawyers after the midfielder sustained a quad injury during the win at QPR.
Sam Clucas is the natural replacement in the centre of the pitch, and that could prove to be the only change from the team which started at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Steven Fletcher and Campbell should retain their spots in attack, keeping Jacob Brown on the substitutes’ bench.
Wilder has been boosted by the return of several players from injury, giving him more food for thought ahead of this contest.
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However, the first XI should remain the same with the likes of Dael Fry and Martin Payero only being selected among the replacements.
Stoke City possible starting lineup:
Davies; Wilmot, Batth, Fox; Smith, Sawyers, Allen, Vrancic, Tymon; Fletcher, Campbell
Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Daniels; Djiksteel, Bamba, McNair; Jones, Crooks, Howson, Tavernier, Bola; Watmore, Sporar