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25-year-old starts: The predicted Middlesbrough XI to face Sheffield United tomorrow night

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Middlesbrough will be looking to get back on track in the Championship tomorrow when they host Sheffield United at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro’s underwhelming start to the 2021/22 campaign continued on Saturday as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Reading.

Whilst the Royals were forced to name a makeshift side for this clash as a result of their current injury crisis, they still managed to seal all three points in-front of their own supporters as Alen Halilovic scored his first goal for the club.

Having witnessed his team fail to deliver the goods at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, Neil Warnock may decide to make a number of alterations to his starting eleven on Tuesday.

Here, we take a look at how Middlesbrough could line up against the Blades…

Having utilised the 4-2-3-1 formation in the club’s showdown with Reading, Warnock may decide to stick by this particular set-up tomorrow.

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Goalkeeper Joe Lumley will be hoping to keep his third clean-sheet of the season at the Riverside Stadium.

Dael Fry and Paddy McNair are set to feature in the heart of defence whilst Lee Peltier and Marc Bola will occupy the full-back roles.

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With Matt Crooks set to miss this clash due to suspension, Warnock may opt to draft in James Lea Siliki as his replacement.

The 25-year-old has made four league appearances for Boro since joining the club on loan from Rennes and will be determined to become a key player for Warnock’s side by delivering some impressive performances in the coming months.

Jonny Howson is expected to feature alongside Lea Siliki in the heart of midfield whilst Marcus Tavernier and Isaiah Jones will be tasked with providing some creativity from their wide roles.

Martin Payero is likely to feature in the hole behind striker Uche Ikpeazu who could be given the chance to prove his worth in this fixture after being forced to watch on from the sidelines last weekend.

Ikpeazu may fancy his chances of netting his third goal of the season against a Blades side who have failed to keep a clean-sheet in four of their last five games in all competitions.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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