Picking the Best Potential Middlesbrough Lineup to Face Burnley on Saturday

​Middlesbrough are in dire need of a win on Saturday to boost their survival prospects, but Steve Agnew's side wiil have to overcome Burnley in order to secure all three points.


They are missing a few key players, but who is in line to start at the weekend?

Goalkeeper

  • Valdés
    Valdés26

​The Spaniard conceded four goals against Hull last time out but is Boro's first-choice goalie and will start this match.

Defence

  • Barragán
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  • Ayala
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  • Gibson
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  • Downing
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With both Fabio and George Friend sidelined with injury, Steward Downing could be asked to fill in at left-back with Antonio Barragan starting on the opposite flank.


Ben Gibson endured a torrid time against Hull ​but is likely to retain his place with Daniel Ayala featuring in the second centre-back spot.

Midfield

  • Adama
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  • de Roon
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  • Clayton
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  • Stuani
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With Stewart Downing moving into defence Christhian Stuani could be given a chance on the left-wing​, while the pacy, tricky yet erratic Adam Traore will continue on the other side of midfield.


Marten de Roon scored his third Premier League goal of the season against Hull will partner Adam Clayton in the middle of the park.

Forwards

  • Gestede
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  • Negredo
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Rudy Gestede is yet to put right his miss against Swansea last weekend. The Benin striker should have scored to bag his side three points against the Swans but instead headed frustratingly wide.


That header came from a superb Alvaro Negredo cross, and the pair are likely to start up front again against Burnley.​