Middlesbrough face Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup quarter-final this evening, and the winner will play Premier League opposition if they progress.

Here is the predicted Middlesbrough line-up for the quarter-final clash against Burton Albion:

GK – Dimi Konstantopolous

‘Dimi’ as he is known to Boro fans may get a rare start. He has been rotated with Andy Lonergan so far in the competition, but impressed last time out against Crystal Palace.

RB – Ryan Shotton

Middlesbrough look less balanced when Shotton is not in the side, and his experience could be key here.

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CB – Dael Fry 

Fry has been unlucky to lose his place in the team after several good performances. He should return this evening.

CB – Danny Batth

Another who is unlucky to be dropped is Danny Batth. Ayala and Flint could be rested, with Batth and Fry the centre-back pairing.

LB – George Friend 

With no other left-back in and around the first-team George Friend will be expected to start. Although youngster Djed Spence could feature.

CM – Grant Leadbitter

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Leadbitter should captain the side, as he has done in every round in this competition so far.

CM – Muhamed Besic

The Bosnian was suspended for the game against QPR on Saturday and should return to give Middlesbrough a directness that has been lacking.

CM – Lewis Wing

Wing was the official player of the round last time out, and should come back in for the Burton clash.

RW – Marcus Tavernier 

Another who has impressed in this competition, and was ultimately rewarded with a start in the Championship is Marcus Tavernier. He could start behind the striker in a number 10 role, but could also start out wide.

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ST – Ashley Fletcher

Fletcher is the Carabao Cup’s leading scorer with three goals and will look to continue his goalscoring form tonight.

LW – Martin Braithwaite

Tony Pulis has said that Braithwaite will feature in the game, despite transfer rumours circulating. Whether he starts or comes on from the bench remains to be seen.


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