The Middlesbrough predicted line-up to face Stoke City - with three changes from Swansea defeat

Middlesbrough will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they face Stoke City at the Riverside this weekend – and manager Neil Warnock has some big decisions to make.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 4:59 pm
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Boro were beaten 2-1 at Swansea last weekend after a controversial late penalty was awarded to the hosts in stoppage-time and converted by Andre Ayew.

The result left Neil Warnock’s side sitting ninth in the Championship table and eight points off the play-off places.

Stoke are also outsiders to finish in the top six after winning just one of their last four games and are just two points behind Boro.

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Has gone four games without a clean sheet and will be hoping for another shutout.

Michael O'Neill’s side have played with a back four and a back three in recent weeks so Boro may have to be flexible in terms of their formation.

In their last few matches, Warnock’s substitutes have made an impact off the bench to stake their claims.

Here’s who we think could start against the Potters.

Has been struggling with an Achilles issue in recent weeks but looks ready to return after three games out of the side.
Has been excellent since his return to the side in the heart of defence.
Was dominant in the air against Coventry and Swansea and has been one of Boro's best performers this season.
Unfortunate to have a goal ruled out at Swansea after another excellent strike.
Has moved into a central midfield role recently. Could also drop back into defence if Boro go with a back three.
Was caught in a mix-up with Bola against Swansea but has been one of the first names on the team sheet this campaign.
Was excellent against Swansea when he broke forward and scored his first goal for the club.
Has impressed at Boro since his loan move from Fulham and could be recalled to the starting XI.
Showed some promising flashes against Swansea playing in a central role. Is more suited to playing on the left flank.
Came off the bench at Swansea and gave Boro a focal point in the second half.