Middlesbrough face Leeds United tonight at The Riverside Stadium, where they will be hoping to bounce back from back-to-back defeats against the Championship’s bottom two.

Here is the predicted Middlesbrough XI to take on Leeds United this evening:

GK – Aynsley Pears

Pears is now the number one choice between the sticks and has been unlucky to be on the losing side in recent weeks.

RWB – Djed Spence

His omission from the matchday squad at Barnsley was baffling, and the teenager should return tonight.

RCB – Jonny Howson

Howson was one of the only players to perform well at Oakwell and should revert to centre-back with Spence returning.

CB – Harold Moukoudi

Moukoudi’s been hit and miss since his arrival but will keep his place against Leeds.

LCB – Ryan Shotton

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Along with Howson, Shotton can hold his head high after Barnsley and should play instead of George Friend.

LWB – Hayden Coulson

Woodgate opted for Marvin Johnson on the left side of defence last week, but Coulson provides a more attacking outlet.

CDM – Adam Clayton

Clayton should come back into the fold to protect the backline against a free-scoring Leeds team.

RCM – Marcus Tavernier

Ravel Morrison and Patrick Roberts’ arrivals in January has meant Tavernier’s dropped to the bench but should come back in to face Bielsa’s side.

LCM – George Saville

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The game has passed Saville by in recent weeks but should keep his place.

CAM – Ravel Morrison

Morrison closed down, pressed and tried to make things happen at Oakwell, more than what can be said for the majority of the rest of the side.

ST – Ashley Fletcher

The 10-goal striker plays better on his own, and Assombalonga should drop to the bench.

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