Aitor Karanka believes Boro have the quality to deal with the firepower that Everton possess when the two sides meet on Saturday, including in-form striker Romelu Lukaku.

It's a tough task facing Boro this weekend, with Everton enjoying a strong start in the Premier League, having taken 10 points so far.

"We had a good test last Saturday with Benteke and we suffered him [Lukaku] last season when we played them in the cup," said Karanka when asked of the Belgian striker. "It's nothing new for us. 

"We all know what a good player Lukaku is and how important he is for them but we can't think that it's just Lukaku. 

"They have really good players and a really good manager so it's going to be a really tough game but we've been working for two-and-a-half years to play in these kind of games."

Karanka is aware of the challenge facing Boro against Ronald Koeman's side but is confident in his players' ability when at their best.

"My main game is Everton and it's going to be really, really tough but we have to know how good we are paying in our intensity," said Karanka. 

"They beat us in the cup last year but they had to play their best and even in moments in the game we were better than them. 

"With teams like Everton we have to be even more concentrated than we usually are."