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After a period of inconsistency in the Championship, Chris Wilder may have welcomed the distraction of the FA Cup ahead of the international break.
Boro ultimately succumbed by a 2-0 scoreline to a strong Chelsea side, bowing out at the quarter-final stage, but Wilder will be equally satisfied that all of his energy can go into trying to take the North-East outfit back into the Premier League.
Having failed to record back-to-back wins since the middle of January, Boro are certainly not in ideal form, although five wins from 11 league outings have kept them in the running for the playoffs.
Although they sit two points outside of the top six, Wilder will instead focus on the four-point gap to fourth-placed Huddersfield Town with two matches in hand, highlighting that their fate currently remains in their own hands.
In league action, successive clean sheets have been kept against Millwall and Birmingham City respectively, while Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun has netted twice in his last three Championship outings.
All three strikes came either side of half time, Jonson Clarke-Harris chipping in with a double before Jack Marriott contributed a third soon after his team had taken the lead.
Still sitting well adrift of safety, Grant McCann is aware that his players have much work ahead, but their win at the Kiyan Prince Foudnation Stadium was reward for the upward trajectory of their recent displays.
A total of eight goals have been scored in four matches, a flurry of strikes which make up exactly a quarter of their total goals in the second tier this season.
Having sustained a knee issue while on international duty with Northern Ireland, Oliver Norburn looks likely to miss this fixture.
However, Clarke-Harris is expected to be fit after a dead leg, while Sammie Szmodics has been able to rest a groin injury.
Boro defenders Dael Fry and Paddy McNair will both be assessed ahead of kickoff after sustaining groin and foot injuries against Chelsea.
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Sol Bamba and Lee Peltier are on standby to deputise for the key duo, while Andraz Sporar and Duncan Watmore are pushing to return in attack.
Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Aaron Connolly is likely to be the player to drop out of the team.
Peterborough United possible starting lineup:
Cornell; Edwards, Knight, Kent; Ward, Taylor, Fuchs, Mumba; Szmodics; Marriott, Clarke-Harris
Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Lumley; Dijksteel, Fry, McNair; Jones, Crooks, Howson, Tavernier, Taylor; Connolly, Balogun