Middlesbrough’s goalless draw against Huddersfield last night demonstrates there is a clear need for greater firepower, but manager Jonathan Woodgate will have to make do with what he has got until January.
The switch to three at the back has made them more competitive but it hasn’t improved results so far. Their opponents this weekend Fulham have been inconsistent, to say the least, with the Cottagers having won 3-2 against Luton yesterday following a defeat to strugglers Stoke last week.
Boro will head into the game without first-choice keeper Darren Randolph. Woodgate confirmed today that the Republic of Ireland international could miss the next month due to a thigh injury.
Hayden Coulson was back on the bench for the game last night so he has fully recovered from his own thigh problem, while Rudy Gestede (hamstring) and George Friend (ruptured tendon) are both still out.
Middlesbrough’s Predicted XI To Face Fulham:
Pears, Howson, Fry, Ayala, Shotton, Johnson, McNair, Wing, Saville, Tavernier, Assombalonga
Fulham manager Scott Parker has no injury concerns heading into the match at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
Fulham’s Predicted XI:
Rodak, Odoi, Mawson, Ream, Bryan, Johansen, Cairney, Knockaert, Reid, Cavaleiro, Mitrovic
The bookies have Fulham as the favourites with Betway pricing them at 6/5 to win. A draw is 12/5 with BetVictor while a victory for Boro is 5/2 at Coral.
Predicted Score – 2-1 to Fulham