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3 things to look out for in the Middlesbrough v Burnley match

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Two of the favourites for promotion face off at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday as Middlesbrough host Burnley, who are looking for an immediate return to the Premier League.

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Middlesbrough host Burnley this evening (7.45 kick-off)

Aitor Karanka’s side are one of the form sides in the Championship, winning six of their last eight league games, and Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Birmingham City made it four unbeaten.

Burnley on the other hand have struggled for results in recent weeks and are without a win in their last five, however they have only lost one of those games, a 2-0 defeat to Lancashire rivals Preston.

The Clarets still find themselves in the play-off places and they will not move from their fifth-placed position whether they win, lose or draw the game but Sean Dyche will be hoping to end their winless run.

Here are THREE things to look out for in the game:

1) Boro without their main man upfront

Frustrations boiled over in the final few minutes of Middlesbrough’s 0-0 draw with Birmingham on Saturday as David Nugent was sent off for violent conduct.

It capped off a frustrating afternoon for the Teessiders and it now leaves them without their regular striker for three games, leaving a spot open for out of favour Kike or top scorer Cristhian Stuani.

While Stuani has excelled on the right this season, fans are keen to see him play as a striker but that would require a reshuffle of their attacking midfielders, so Karanka may decide to go with Spaniard Kike.

2) Burnley looking for goals

The Clarets have failed to score in three of their last five games and despite the pressure being on big-money summer signing Andre Gray, his team mates must help him out.

The former Brentford striker is the club’s top scorer with nine goals this season but the next player in the goal scoring ranks is midfielder Matt Taylor who has four.

If Burnley are to secure an immediate return to the Premier League, then they are going to need more players to chip in with goals as they can’t rely on Gray for every game.

3) Boro looking to continue their impressive defensive record

No team in the Championship has conceded fewer goals than Middlesbrough this season with just 12 goals finding the back of the Boro net.

Greek goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopolous has kept an incredible six clean sheets in his last seven games as well as going 581 minutes without conceding a goal in front of their own fans.

With Burnley’s struggles in front of goal, Boro will be hoping to extend their terrific defensive record, something that was key to their promotion push last season as well.

Middlesbrough and Burnley fans…What are your predictions for the match? Can Boro keep up with league leaders Brighton? Will Burnley end of their winless run? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


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