Dec 14, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Riverside Stadium
BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion
FT(HT: 0-0)
Upson (85')
Upson (70')

Team News: George Friend returns for Middlesbrough

Team News: Friend returns for Boro
© Getty Images
George Friend returns for the starting lineup for the first time since the 2-1 defeat to Derby, while Adam El-Abd deputises for the injured Gordon Greer for Brighton.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has recalled George Friend to his starting lineup for the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion to the Riverside this afternoon.

Friend, who successfully worked his way back into contention following a knee injury, returns in favour of Ben Gibson, who started the 2-2 draw with Birmingham City last time out.

Kei Kamara, who also started the stalemate at St Andrew's, sustained ligament damage during the week and is replaced in the side by Jacob Butterfield.

Meanwhile, Seasiders boss Oscar Garcia has named just one change to his first XI from the 3-1 victory over Leicester City last week, with Adam El-Abd deputising for the injured Gordon Greer.

Middlesbrough: Given; Rhys Williams, Ayala, Woodgate, Friend; Whitehead, Adomah, Leadbitter, Butterfield; Carayol

Brighton & Hove Albion: Brezovan; Bruno, El-Abd, Upson, Ward; Ince, Bridcutt, Crofts; Conway, Barnes, Lopez

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Oscar Garcia attempts to break into a smile on August 10, 2013
Read Next:
Preview: Middlesbrough vs. Brighton
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves1282221111026
2Cardiff CityCardiff127321710724
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128041610624
4Bristol City125612011921
5Preston North EndPreston12561158721
6Leeds UnitedLeeds126241812620
7Aston Villa125431712519
8Norwich CityNorwich125431214-219
10Ipswich TownIpswich116052017318
12Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds124441614216
13Derby CountyDerby114431513216
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest125071521-615
15Queens Park RangersQPR123541516-114
16Hull City123452320313
21Birmingham CityBirmingham12327819-1111
22Burton Albion12246623-1710
24Bolton WanderersBolton12129623-175