Middlesbrough vs Brentford predictions: Middlesbrough line-up
After a disappointing 0-0 draw last weekend against 19th-placed Wigan, Middlesbrough take on Brentford at the Riverside stadium as the race for playoffs intensifies.
Tony Pulis’ side
Left-backs George Friend and Sam McQueen are both unlikely to feature due to hamstring and knee injuries respectively.
Aden Flint is being assessed
Probable Middlesbrough XI
Manager: Tony Pulis
Darren Randolph (GK)
The 31-year-old has kept an incredible 16 clean sheets so far this season and has conceded just 24 goals. He is expected to start again at the weekend.
Dael Fry (CB)
The Boro youth product has been impressive this season and has played 26 times so far in the Championship. He has also assisted 4 goals and should start on Saturday.
Ryan Shotton (CB)
Naturally a right back, Shotton has been preferred in central defence by Tony Pulis in the last three games. He is expected to start there on Saturday.
Daniel Ayala (CB)
The Spaniard has helped keep two clean sheets in his last two games since his return from suspension. He has been a mainstay in Pulis’ side, having played 26 games so far.
Jonathan Howson (RWB)
The 30-year-old has played every game this season so far but has been moved out to the right after starting the season in attacking midfield.
John Obi Mikel (CM)
The January recruit has played every single game since making his debut against West Brom. He is expected to start in the heart of the midfield.
Muhamed Besic (CM)
On loan from Everton,
George Saville (LWB)
The 25-year-old is another central midfielder who has been pushed out wide by Tony Pulis. With injuries to both of Boro’s left-backs, Saville will have to put in a fine shift at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
Lewis Wing (CAM)
The former Yeovil midfielder has been given a free role by Pulis and his creativity will be vital for the two strikers.
Ashley Fletcher (ST)
The 23-year-old has started each of Boro’s last three games and has found the net once. He is expected to start again.
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Britt Assombalonga (ST)
The former Nottingham Forest striker has been in top form this campaign and is Boro’s top-scorer this season with 10 goals. He will be looking to add to that tally against Brentford.