With Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies, Tanguy Ndombele and Hugo Lloris unavailable due to injury, Jose Mourinho said that only Toby Alderweireld was guaranteed a rest tonight. Despite recent complaints that he doesn’t have a centre-forward to fill in for Kane, the Portuguese manager elected not to include Irish teenager Troy Parrott in his squad for Friday night’s defeat at the hands of Liverpool. It will be interesting to see if the highly regarded 17-year-old centre-forward gets a run-out tonight.
Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate has had to plan for this game without the services of Ryan Shotton, George Friend, Britt Assombalonga, Daniel Ayala and Anfernee DIjksteel, who are all keeping Boro’s medical staff busy. Despite ongoing talk linking him with a return to West Ham, goalkeeper Darren Randolph has travelled with the squad but is unlikely to play.
Ashley Fletcher gave Middlesbrough an early second half lead on that occasion, only for Lucas Moura to restore parity within six minutes. Kick-off tonight is at 8.05pm, but stay tuned for team news and build-up in the meantime.