Middlesbrough v Burton Albion: Braithwaite to play in Carabao Cup quarter-final

Martin Braithwaite
Braithwaite has not scored since August

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Striker Martin Braithwaite will feature in Middlesbrough’s Carabao Cup quarter-final with Burton Albion on Tuesday.

Braithwaite was left out of the Boro squad for Saturday’s defeat by QPR and has been linked with a move away.

Liam Boyce (thigh), Scott Fraser (groin) and David Templeton (shoulder) are all doubts for Burton after picking up injuries at the weekend.

Kyle McFadzean, who missed the defeat by Fleetwood on Saturday, is also a doubt with a hip injury.

Burton had never previously gone past the third round in the League Cup in their nine years in the competition since becoming a Football League club.

“I still can’t quite believe Burton Albion are in the last eight of a major cup competition,” manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby.

“We haven’t had too much opportunity to create history. The draw could have been kinder. It is a tough one but it is winnable.

“I can’t help thinking how good it would be if we could get one step further.”

MATCH FACTS

  • Middlesbrough won their only previous League Cup meeting with Burton, coming from behind to win 2-1 in extra time in August 2015 thanks to two Cristhian Stuani goals.
  • Burton’s only previous away game against Middlesbrough ended in a 2-0 defeat, in a Championship match in August 2017.
  • Middlesbrough are looking to reach the League Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2003-04, when they went on to win the trophy under Steve McClaren.
  • This is the furthest Burton Albion have got in the League Cup – they’re looking to become the first team from the third tier or lower to reach the semi-finals of the competition since Sheffield United in 2014-15.
  • Middlesbrough have progressed from seven of their past eight League Cup matches against sides from a lower division, losing only against Fulham as a Premier League side in August 2016.
  • Burton have beaten higher-ranked opposition in three of their four League Cup ties this season, beating the Championship’s Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest in rounds two and four respectively, and Premier League Burnley in round three.
  • No player has scored more League Cup goals this season than Middlesbrough’s Ashley Fletcher (3).
  • Liam Boyce has had a hand in three goals in this three League Cup starts for Burton (2 goals, 1 assist).

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