A loss for Boro could all-but end their hopes of making the play-off places, as they look to bridge a nine-point gap currently standing between them and a top six finishing, with just six games left to make up the ground.
Speaking after their last game, a 1-1 draw with Watford, Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock lauded Hayden Coulson for adapting to an unfamiliar number ten role when coming off the bench, and claimed: “In the first five minutes he looked like he was a rabbit in the headlights.
“But he does so well in training in that sort of situation in tight areas with bodies around him, he’s the best player in the club in training in those tight situations.
“We just said why don’t we give him a chance at number ten, that’s what we said and this opportunity came.”
“There was only Marvin (Johnson) defensively on the bench other than Hayden, everyone else was a forward so we didn’t have much options really.”
Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Middlesbrough and the rest of the Championship, as the build-up to the action to this weekend's action continues:
1. Lilywhites eye Edwards
Preston North End are said to be ready to battle Sunderland for Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards. The winger, who began his career at Swansea City, has played a key role in his side's push for promotion this season. (Football Insider) Photo: Lewis Storey
2. Magpies step up chase for Tykes target
Newcastle United's interest in Kyle Joseph appears to be growing, with further reports claiming the Magpies are after Wigan Athletic's £1m-rated starlet. Barnsley had a bid rejected for the youngster back in January. (The 72) Photo: Lewis Storey
3. Hornets stopper could remain in Sweden
Swedish side BK Hacken could look to extend the loan deal of Watford goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg for another season, as their first-choice stopper Peter Abrahamsson is still out with a serious injury. (Sport Witness) Photo: Gabriele Maltinti
4. Race heats up for Norwich sensation
Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Villareal are the latest sides to be linked with a move for Norwich City sensation Emi Buendia. He's already on Arsenal and Leeds United's radars, but they're likely to face serious competition to sign him. (Sport Witness) Photo: Stephen Pond