Middlesbrough v Hull: Premier League preview
The Premier League’s Monday night fixture sees Hull City travel to Middlesbrough in a relegation six-pointer.
The Tigers were in midweek EFL Cup action, progressing to the semi-finals of the competition after a penalty shootout victory over Newcastle on Tuesday night.
Things aren’t quite as rosy in the Premier League for Mike Phelan’s side, who are second from bottom in the division.
Last weekend, Hull managed a 1-1 home draw with West Brom thanks to Michael Dawson’s second half equaliser.
Middlesbrough are one point above Hull in 16th place following last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Leicester. Striker Alvaro Negredo bagged a brace, scoring for the first time in the league since the opening day of the season.
Negredo scored on his only previous Premier League appearance against Hull City in August 2013 for Manchester City.
Boro left-back George Friend is recovering well, but he’ll remain out for “another week or two at least”, meaning Fabio will continue in his absence.
Aitor Karanka will make a late call on Daniel Ayala, who has returned from injury.
Aside from Friend, the home side have no other injury concerns.
Phelan won’t take any risks on Shaun Maloney and Abel Hernandez. The duo will face late fitness tests before kick off.
Sam Clucas and Ryan Mason come back into contention after missing the match against Newcastle.
Forward Dieumerci Mbokani begins a three-match ban after his straight red against the Magpies.
Alex Bruce and Will Keane remain out with long-term injuries.
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Middlesbrough 2-1 Hull