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York finished fifth in the National League North table last season, which earned them a spot in the quarter-finals of the playoffs, where they beat Chorley before overcoming Brackley Town in the semi-finals.

The Minstermen then secured a return to the National League by recording a 2-0 victory over Boston United in the final of the playoffs, and they will be present in the fifth tier for the first time since the 2016-17 season.

There is no getting away from the fact that it has been a tough few years for York, who were a Football League side in 2016, but securing a return to the National League for the coming term was a big step forward.

John Askey‘s side learned on Wednesday that they will open their National League campaign at home to Woking on August 6 before making the trip to Maidstone United in their second fixture one week later.

York have been incredibly busy this summer in terms of incomings, with Luke JamesLenell John-Lewis and Fraser Kerr among the players to arrive on free transfers for the coming campaign.

Braga boss Carvalhal used 25 players in their opening pre-season fixture on Tuesday and he is expected to hand more minutes to the majority of his squad against Middlesbrough.

Mario Gonzalez came off the bench to score twice in the win over Arouca and he will be hoping to start this time around, as will fellow forward Vitinha who was also on the scoresheet last time out.

Captain and key playmaker Ricardo Horta, who recorded 23 goals and 10 assists in 49 games last season, is set to feature along with the likes of Al MusratiPaulo Oliveira and Iuri Medeiros.

As for Middlesbrough, Wilder has deployed different starting lineups in each half of their first two pre-season matches and he may decide to adopt the same approach on Friday.

Djed Spence will not be involved amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur, but the likes of Marcus TavernierPaddy McNairDael Fry and Riley McGree are all set to feature again.

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Versatile midfielder Matt Crooks, who was the club’s top scorer last season with 11 goals, could be handed another start behind forward Josh Coburn.

Braga possible starting lineup:
Sa; Niakate, Oliveira, Tormena; Gomez, Al Musrati, Castro, Moura; R. Horta; Vitinha, Ruiz

Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Roberts; Lenihan, McNair, Fry; Dijksteel, Howson, McGree, Tavernier, Giles; Crooks; Coburn

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