Middlesbrough vs Ipswich preview
Last Updated: 28/12/18 1:01pm
Tony Pulis could make a number of changes after the home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day.
Ryan Shotton missed the match with a knee injury and it is not known if he could return. Rudy Gestede remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.
Ipswich are waiting to learn the extent of an injury picked up by Grant Ward. The midfielder left Wednesday's 3-0 defeat to QPR on a stretcher after twisting his knee.
Midfielders Tom Adeyemi (Achilles), Emyr Huws (knee) and Cole Skuse (knee) remain long-term absentees. Tayo Edun is receiving treatment back at Fulham for an eye problem. On-loan Jordan Graham will leave Ipswich next week.
Middlesbrough have scored at least two goals in five of their last six league games against Ipswich (12 goals total), winning four and drawing two.
Ipswich town last won at the Riverside back in any competition back in August 2010 (D2 L4 since), running out 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Tommy Smith, Tamas Priskin and Jon Stead.
Middlesbrough have lost three of their last five games in the Championship (W1 D1) - their previous three defeats in the competition came over a run of 26 games.
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Ipswich have lost five of their last six away league games, failing to score in each defeat (D1).
After keeping 11 clean sheets in their first 17 league games this season, Middlesbrough have registered just one shutout in their last seven.
This will be the first ever managerial meeting between Middlesbrough's Tony Pulis and Ipswich's Paul Lambert outside of the Premier League; Pulis has only lost one of their previous six encounters (W3 D2).
Middlesbrough will have been disappointed to lose the way they did against Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day, at a time where it would have been good to give their home fans a little bit of positivity.
Ipswich were hammered by QPR and are getting badly cut adrift now. Boro aren't in great form at the moment and I think this could be a dull draw.
Prutton predicts: 0-0 (8/1 with Sky Bet)