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Middlesbrough could hand Muhamed Besic debut

Middlesbrough could hand Muhamed Besic debut

Middlesbrough will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the Championship season on Friday night, however, they will host West Bromwich Albion at the Riverside Stadium.

Tony Pulis’ side currently sit second in the division on goal difference behind Leeds United and just ahead of Bolton Wanderers, however, he will know that the Baggies will provide a huge test to his players.

Boro are coming off the back of a 2-0 away win to Bristol City last weekend, and according to a match preview by Sky Sports, they could be about to name an unchanged side for the home clash with their promotion rivals.

Muhamed Besic completed his loan move from Everton to rejoin the side he was with last season, however, it is thought that he will not be fit enough to take part for them.

Jordan Hugill and Daniel Ayala are also working their way back to fitness and both played in a friendly against Hartlepool behind-closed-doors.

Rudy Gestede will remain unavailable for Pulis as the striker is continuing to struggle with an ankle problem.

The Verdict:

Middlesbrough will be looking to extend their unbeaten run and will be confident of getting a result against West Brom.

Pulis will be pleased that he has the chance to name an unchanged side for the visit of the Baggies, although he could be tempted to hand Besic a second debut.

Although they may not make a difference on Friday, Boro will also be delighted that Hugill and Ayala are working their way back to fitness and will be available for selection in the near future.

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