Middlesbrough v PNE likely line-ups, key men, the referee and all you need to know ahead of Championship clash
Preston North End are at Middlesbrough on Wednesday night in a key game in the Championship play-off race.
From likely line-ups to key men and the referee, all you need to know can be found below.
Middlesbrough: Randolph, Howson, Shotton, Ayala, Fry, Friend, Mikel, Saville, Wing, Fletcher, Assombalonga
PNE: Rudd, Clarke, Storey, Davies, Hughes, Pearson, Potts, Browne, Johnson, Gallagher, Maguire
John Obi Mikel: The midfielder has been superb since he arrived in January and has allowed the midfielders playing around him to blossom and get forward. The praise for Mikel has been endless since he signed from teammates, his manager and opposing managers.
Ben Pearson: Back from his ban and set to get straight into the side. Ryan Ledson has proved a fine understudy but Pearson is key to how Alex Neil wants his side to play and will be vital if PNE are to force their way into the top six come May.
In the home dugout
Tony Pulis: Former Stoke, Crystal Palace and West Brom boss has been in charge of Boro since Boxing Day 2017, losing out in the Championship play-offs last season. An old hand, the Welshman has been tasked with bringing Premier League football back to the Riverside Stadium.
Keith Stroud: The Hampshire official has taken charge of just one PNE game this season, sending off Josh Earl in the 1-1 draw with Swansea at Deepdale in January. That is one of two red cards he has shown this season, Stroud also brandishing 77 of the yellow variety in 22 games.