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Brentford 0 v 0 Middlesbrough
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Saturday, 7th November 2020 Kick-off 15:00
Middlesbrough predicted XI to face Brentford
Friday, 6th Nov 2020 17:12 by Phil Spencer

Middlesbrough travel to Brentford hoping to reach a landmark achievement.

Avoiding defeat against the Bees will see the Teessiders make it 10 games without defeat in all competitions.

Of course a test with Thomas Frank's side is going to be no easy contest.

Despite enduring a mixed start to the season, Brentford are the joint highest scorers in the Championship after netting 17 times.

Neil Warnock will be confident of getting a positive result, but who should start the game?

Bonkers for Boro take a look at who could be in the starting XI.

In an ideal world the preference for Neil Warnock would be to make as few changes as positive.

After all, you don't change a side who are on a run like this if you can help it.

That said, things will need freshening up slightly.

The back line should remain the same, with Marcus Bettinelli in goal and Anfernee Dijksteel, Dael Fry and Paddy McNair in central defence.

Brentford possess plenty of attacking talent and so I think it's wise to line up with wing-backs so that the side can revert to five at the back when under pressure.

With that in mind I'd expect Djed Spence to start on the right, and Marvin Johnson on the left.

Marc Bola has done well in recent weeks, but after playing against Blackburn midweek this is an area where rotation could come in.

Sam Morsy was a big miss against Tony Mowbray's side, and it sounds like he could potentially miss out again.

While that's a blow, hopefully Middlesbrough have the personnel to handle the issue.

George Saville and Jonny Howson are core players and so will definitely start, while Marcus Tavernier did well at Ewood Park as he provided a bit more attacking emphasis to the midfield.

In attack is where things get tricky.

Britt Assombalonga started the game against Blackburn, and I expect him to do so again to face Brentford.

Chuba Akpom will feel hard done-by, but it's difficult to drop your captain for such a big game.

After appearing off the bench I'd expect Patrick Roberts to also start from the off.

Managing his fitness has been a predicament at times for Warnock, but with a two-week international break after the game, it will give the Man City loanee time to recover and build up his fitness again before Championship football resumes.

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