Middlesbrough led the Championship table for some time, but they have gone now four games without a win. Next, they have a cup assignment as they take on Burton Albion in the EFL Cup quarterfinals and these two are the only teams in the competition not to be from the English top flight.
Tony Pulis has also come under fire a bit, but they should soon get back on track given their overall quality in the squad. Burton are meanwhile struggling in the English third tier as they are stranded on 15th currently and Boro should have enough in them to see out this side.
Dael Fry, Rudy Gestede and Sam McQueen are going to be the notable absentees. We expect a changed side as fringe players of the squad are expected to get a nod ahead to start in the first eleven.
Middlesbrough predicted lineup vs Burton Albion
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos has played in the Carabao Cup so far, and once again he should start in the cup competition in between the sticks. Former Manchester United player Paddy McNair is likely to begin in the heart of the defence in this tie. He could be partnered by Daniel Ayala who has been the mainstay in defence this season.
Ryan Shotton is back from an injury, but Danny Batth is likely to get the nod ahead as a right back. The left-back spot is likely to be occupied by George Friend.
Veteran midfielder Grant Leadbitter can get a rare start. He is likely to start in defensive midfield. Muhamed Besic didn’t play the tie against QPR due to his suspension, and he could be back for this midweek game against the League One side. Lewis Wing could be the other starter in midfield, and he would have the onus to provide a more attacking impetus.
Marcus Tavernier has made some cameo appearances here and there, and he should start this game down the left wing.
Britt Assombalonga has been in and out of the squad this season, but he should start on the right flank. His searing pace should keep the Burton defenders busy. Former England u-20 striker Ashley Fletcher is likely to get the nod to lead the line in this knockout game.