Middlesbrough should be considered the favourites at home, however, their start to the new campaign will give the League One side a lot of hope.
Middlesbrough will be keen to overcome their poor start to the new season when they face Barnsley in the first round of the EFL Cup. Ideally, Middlesbrough should be considered the favourites at home on Wednesday night, however, their start to the new campaign will give the League One side a lot of hope. Hence, Barnsley will back themselves to produce an upset win at Riverside Stadium. However, they have to be at the top of their game to get the win as the hosts will be looking to make a statement after losing their last match.
|Middlesbrough vs Barnsley||Key Details|
|Date||10 August, 2022|
|Kickoff time India||12:15 am (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time England||7:45 pm (Wednesday)|
In the Championship this season, Middlesbrough started with a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion. However, things went from bad to worse in their next fixture when they found themselves 3-0 down at Queens Park Rangers in the first 38 minutes. But, an inspired fightback from Chris Wilder’s side saw them reduce the deficit to 3-2 in the end. On the other hand, Barnsley started their League One campaign with a narrow defeat to Plymouth Argyle. However, they responded well to that setback with a 1-0 win over Cheltenham Town at the weekend.
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Darragh Lenihan, who got sent off deep into injury time in their last match, will miss the game on Wednesday night for Middlesbrough through suspension. It will also be interesting to see who among Zack Steffen and Liam Roberts will be between the sticks. Boro have already seen the departures of the likes of Djed Spence and Marcus Tavernier. It is something to keep an eye on about how they replace them. Meanwhile, Barnsley is set to miss Michal Helik, while question marks remain over the participation of Matty Wolfe for Wednesday’s clash.
The EFL Cup match between Middlesbrough and Barnsley will take place at Riverside Stadium on Thursday at 12:15 am IST.
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