Middlesbrough are set to take Coventry City in the second leg of their Championship playoff semi-final clash. Who will take one step closer to the Premier League?
With a trip to Wembley Stadium beckoning, can Michael Carrick put a cherry on top of his impressive first season in football management?
Middlesbrough injury news
Like in the first leg, Middlesbrough will miss out on Dael Fry, Jonny Howson and Aaron Ramsey. Marcus Forss should be fit to play, however, after he came on as a substitute at the weekend. Howson could also be available – he was believed to be 50/50 for the first leg, but failed to make the matchday squad.
There is some good news on the injury front from the Coventry camp – Gustavo Hamer, who was the Sky Blues best player in the first leg, could miss out – he faces a late fitness test to determine his availability.
Middlesbrough Vs Coventry past meetings
Middlesbrough and Coventry have squared off three times already this season – one of which was in the first leg of the playoffs, while the game before that came just a few days before this. Michael Carrick’s side have yet to beat the Sky Blues this season, having drawn two and lost one.
In their first meeting of the season, which took place in October, Coventry defeated Boro by a score of 1-0. Can Middlesbrough gain some long-overdue revenge?