Middlesbrough take on Neil Warnock’s side at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

Here is the predicted Middlesbrough XI for the trip to South Wales:

GK – Darren Randolph

Star of the show in Boro’s win over Reading, Randolph made seven saves and secured a place in the WhoScored Championship team of the week.

RB – Anfernee Dijksteel

Having played his best game in a Middlesbrough shirt since signing, Dijksteel also achieved a place in the  team of the week alongside Randolph.

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CB – Dael Fry

Fry captained the side for the second game running, and is likely to lead out the team in Cardiff.

CB – Ryan Shotton

Shotton will presumably get the nod over Dani Ayala, with the Englishman impressing in a central role recently.

LB – Marc Bola

Despite a disappointing game against Reading, Bola will continue to play with injuries to George Friend and Hayden Coulson.

CDM – Adam Clayton

Clayon was impressive again sitting in front of the back four, and is vital to how Woodgate wants to play.

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CM – Paddy McNair

McNair has been one of the standout players for Boro this season, and will continue in his central midfield role.

CM – George Saville

I expect Saville to replace Lewis Wing, who failed to have an impact on the game against Reading.

RW – Marvin Johnson

Johnson scored his first goal of the season last weekend, and will keep his place against Cardiff on Saturday.

ST – Britt Assombalonga 

Assombalonga wasn’t at his best last time out, but will start against a Cardiff side he has only netted against once, back in 2014 for Nottingham Forest.

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LW – Ashley Fletcher

Fletcher will continue in a wide role ahead of Marcus Browne, and the forward will be hoping to add to his tally at the weekend.


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