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Given their consistency at the turn of the year, Chris Wilder would not have envisaged his Middlesbrough side failing to record successive league wins across a seven-game period.
Such a run has left Boro sitting outside of the playoff spots by two points, their latest defeat coming at the hands of resurgent Barnsley.
Nevertheless, the North-East outfit shook off that disappointment with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup, backing up their success over Manchester United in the previous round.
Progress in that competition is far less of a priority than achieving promotion, but Josh Coburn‘s extra-time goal has given Boro the boost that they required ahead of this contest.
Although Boro have scored 12 times in six league games, goals from their forwards have been few and far between, potentially giving Coburn a chance to stake his claim ahead of his senior teammates.
Returning to league matters, the Hatters will now attempt to further extend their current impressive run of five wins from six matches, the latest coming by a 1-0 scoreline against Derby County.
Danny Hylton has now scored in two successive Championship matches, and Luton head into this contest knowing that victory could take them above fourth-placed Blackburn Rovers, who travel to leaders Fulham, on goal difference.
Jones’s side have won four of their last six league fixtures away from home, a vast improvement on just two victories coming from the previous 10 outings.
Middlesbrough youngster Coburn could be handed just his third league start of the season, potentially in place of Andraz Sporar.
James Lea Siliki may bring fresh legs to a midfield which saw two players complete 120 minutes on Tuesday evening and a third withdrawn after 118 minutes.
Sol Bamba is also an option if Wilder chooses to add another new face to the team.
Young goalkeeper Harry Isted is in line to deputise for Jed Steer, who sustained an Achilles injury against Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Henri Lansbury and Elijah Adebayo may come back into the team after missing the fixture with the Premier League giants through injury.
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James Bree and Hylton should also be among the players to feature after dropping to the substitutes’ bench in midweek.
Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Lumley; Djiksteel, Fry, McNair; Jones, Crooks, Howson, Siliki, Taylor; Watmore, Coburn
Luton Town possible starting lineup:
Isted; Burke, Lockyer, Naismith; Bree, Campbell, Osho, Lansbury, Bell; Cornick, Adebayo