TONY MOWBRAY is quietly confident his side can remain unbeaten this weekend, even though something is going to have to give when Middlesbrough visit Crystal Palace (kick-off 3pm).
While Boro have yet to drop a point on the road this season, Palace have yet to lose in their own back yard – picking up seven points from three games at Selhurst Park.
Boro’s previous two journeys to face the Eagles in the capital have both ended in 1-0 defeats although Mowbray will be optimistic, given his side’s away form this season.
Last week’s 2-0 victory at Burnley was Boro’s fifth win from five on the road this season – stretching the club’s unbeaten run to 12 games in all competitions.
Mowbray told SportMail: “Crystal Palace are a strong side who have started the season brightly.
“Dougie Freedman has got them playing well at home but we’re playing well too.”
A boost for Mowbray is the return of midfield general Kevin Thomson who completed 70 minutes in the reserves’ 3-1 win against Blackpool last Tuesday.
It was the Scot’s second outing for the reserves in as many weeks after also completing 45 minutes against Scunthorpe.
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