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2 tweaks Neil Warnock could make to the Middlesbrough XI to face Coventry on Saturday

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Middlesbrough will be looking to get back to winning on Saturday afternoon, when they make the trip to the Ricoh Arena to face Coventry City.

Having failed to win any of their last three games before the international break, Neil Warnock’s side go into the game 13th in the Championship table, with six points from their five league games so far.

Coventry meanwhile are seventh, only outside the play-off places on goal difference, with three wins and two defeats to their name so far.

But despite the break in action after a hectic start to the season last month, there is still likely to be changes to the Middlesbrough starting XI on Saturday, from the one that drew 1-1 with Blackburn last time out.

Here, we’ve taken a look at two changes that Warnock could make to ‘Boro’s starting lineup for this clash with the Sky Blues.

Morsy out, Payero in

One change to Middlesbrough’s starting lineup that Warnock will already definitely have to make this weekend, comes in the centre of midfield.

While Sam Morsy started – and was sent off – in that game with Blackburn just before the international break, the midfielder has since moved on from the Riverside, joining Ipswich Town on the final day of the summer transfer window.

That could open the door for one of ‘Boro’s own summer signings, Martin Payero, to make his first start for the club.

The 22-year-old has come off the bench twice for Middlesbrough since joining from Banfield earlier this summer, but having had that extra time to settle in, and with Morsy gone, now could be the time for him to get his chance from the start in a ‘Boro shirt.

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Watmore out, Sporar in

With Uche Ikpeazu absent from the matchday squad last time out, it was Duncan Watmore and Matt Crooks who largely lead the line against Blackburn.

However, Warnock may want to add a more instinctive presence upfront with the presence of a more natural centre forward, something he could do with the introduction of Andraz Sporar.

Having finally completed a season-long loan move to Middlesbrough from Sporting Lisbon on the final day of the summer transfer window, Sporar has been on international duty with Slovenia over the past week or so.

Even so, with ‘Boro surely keen to get back to winning ways, Warnock may still be keen to give his new striker a go quickly, to see if he can make the required impact to get the three points, and Crooks’ ability to provide chances with his creativity, means Watmore could be the one to drop out.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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