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Aug 12, 2017 at 5.30pm UK at ​Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 26,876
Middlesbrough
1-0
Sheff UtdSheffield United
Gestede (21')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Team News: Patrick Bamford starts for Middlesbrough

Patrick Bamford starts for Middlesbrough as they welcome Sheffield United.

Patrick Bamford starts for Middlesbrough as they welcome Sheffield United in the Championship this evening.

In all, Boro boss Garry Monk makes four changes from the side that lost 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, with Bamford's impressive display after coming on from the bench earning him a starting spot tonight.

Rudy Gestede also earns a recall and joins Britt Assombalonga and Bamford at the head of a three-man attack, while Ashley Fletcher drops to the bench and Martin Braithwaite misses out.

Marten de Roon's exit for Atalanta allows Adam Forshaw back into the midfield alongside Adam Clayton and Jonny Howson, while Dael Fry replaces Daniel Ayala as partner for Ben Gibson in the heart of defence.

Cyrus Christie keeps his place at right-back, with George Friend on the left and Darren Randolph in goal.

For Sheffield, Chris Wilder names an unchanged XI from the side that defeated Brentford 1-0 last weekend as he looks to extend the club's record run of eight straight league wins.

The 5-3-2 setup sees Enda Stephens, Jack O'Connell, Chris Basham, Richard Stearman and Kieron Freeman ahead of Jamal Blackman between the sticks.

Billy Sharp, who grabbed the winner against the Bees, continues up front with Leon Clarke, while Samir Carruthers, Paul Coutts and John Fleck are in midfield.

James Hanson misses the game after picking up a hamstring injury in midweek and Ched Evans is again made to wait for his first start since rejoining the club over the summer.

Middlesbrough: Randolph; Christie, Fry, Gibson, Friend; Clayton, Howson, Forshaw; Bamford, Assombalonga, Gestede
Subs: Dimi, Fabio, Roberts, Leadbitter, Baker, Traore, Fletcher

Sheffield United: Blackmanl Stevens, O'Connell, Basham, Stearman, Freeman; Carruthers, Coutts, Fleck; Sharp, Clarke
Subs: Eastwood, Lundstram, Wright, Duffy, Lafferty, Evans, Brooks

Keep up with all of the action from the Riverside this evening with Sports Mole's live text commentary here.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds27166546281854
2Norwich CityNorwich28158552361653
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27155746281850
4West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27138655352047
5Middlesbrough271210530191146
6Derby CountyDerby2712783834443
7Bristol City2711883429541
8Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2791263931839
9Birmingham CityBirmingham2891274033739
10Hull City27116103933639
11Queens Park RangersQPR27116103335-239
12Aston Villa2791174943638
13Swansea CitySwansea27107103632437
14Blackburn RoversBlackburn2791083541-637
15Stoke CityStoke2781183134-335
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2788113245-1332
17Brentford27710103937231
18Preston North EndPreston2779113944-530
19Wigan AthleticWigan2785142840-1229
20Millwall2777133343-1028
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham27510122542-1725
22Reading2758143041-1123
23Bolton WanderersBolton2757151840-2222
24Ipswich TownIpswich2739152246-2418

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