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McNair starts: The predicted Middlesbrough XI to face QPR on Saturday

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Middlesbrough are on their travels this weekend, taking on Queens Park Rangers and looking for their first victory of the 2022/23 campaign. 

Chris Wilder’s side were pegged back by West Brom last Saturday in the Championship’s evening kick-off, picking up a point against a side that many feel will be a promotion rival this term.

That point instantly becomes a good one if Boro can pick up three on their travels against QPR.

In a bid to get that win, we can see Wilder opting for a couple of changes this weekend, as he welcomes Paddy McNair back into contention and looks to get the final third clicking.

As our graphic above shows, we are expecting McNair to return to the right centre-back role – a position Wilder has stated is the Northern Irishman’s best.

Anfernee Dijksteel is the player to miss out unfortunately, with Marc Bola and Darragh Lenihan in the unit ahead of Zack Steffen.

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The midfield remains unchanged, with Jonny Howson anchoring, Riley McGree and Matt Crooks just ahead of him, with Ryan Giles and Isaiah Jones providing the width.

We can see another change in the final third with Marcus Forss coming in to replace Duncan Watmore, partnering Chuba Akpom.


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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