Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis expected to make big changes for Preston clash

Middlesbrough travel to Preston on Tuesday evening in the third round of the League Cup. Ahead of the game, Boro boss Tony Pulis has said that he will make a lot of changes to his side for the game.

‘We’ll make a lot of changes [at Preston] – I want the supporters to know that’

Speaking in his pre-match press conference for Preston, Pulis stated:

“This division has moved on in every shape and form since I was last in it ten or eleven years ago.

“There’s a lot better coaches and more quality teams, and that means players playing international football.

“To ask players to come back from internationals and play an extra eight games compared to the Premier League, you’re taking a lot out of them. 

“We’ll make a lot of changes [at Preston] – I want the supporters to know that. The ones who’ve been in the team will get a bit of a rest, we’ve got some tough away games coming up.

“Rudy and Fletcher will be involved and hopefully get 90 minutes against Preston.

“People like McNair, McQueen, Batth, Fry – they are the ones who will be looking to play.”

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MAY 15: Darren Randolph of Middlesbrough gives instruction to his team during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Preston vs Middlesbrough

Preston is no doubt the toughest test Boro have faced in the League Cup so far this season.

The first round of the League Cup saw Middlesbrough take on Notts County.

It was a very end to end game, which after extra time would finish 3-3.

The game would go to penalties and Boro would come away 4-3 winners in the shootout.

Middlesbrough then faced Rochdale in the second round and would win that game 2-1.

As for Preston, they beat Morecambe and Leeds United in their first two League Cup matches.

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