Boro’s Under-23s travel to Burnley on Monday (kick-off 2pm) with the sides neck-and-neck in the table.
Graeme Lee’s side are looking to build on last week’s derby draw against Sunderland with what would be a first competitive win of 2021.
The Boro youngsters were unlucky not to taste victory against the ten-man Black Cats at Rockliffe Park, former Wearsider Cole Kiernan on the scoresheet against his former club in a 1-1 draw.
Boro are currently in eighth place in the PL2 rankings, level on points having played a game fewer than ninth-placed Burnley.
The reverse fixture was a 3-0 win for Boro back in October, with Daniel Dodds, Isaac Fletcher and Cain Sykes all on the scoresheet at Heritage Park.