Boro's Under-23s have eyes on a return to winning ways up the road at Sunderland this afternoon (1pm).
Graeme Lee's side fell victim to a late Leeds United winner at Thorp Arch last time out, before the season paused for the international break.
That meant Boro's youngsters have won one, drawn one, lost one from the first three in the PL2 campaign.
Captain Ben Liddle has since moved on to Bristol Rovers, while striker Stephen Walker has returned to MK Dons for a second loan spell.
The Wearsiders come into this one on a high having smashed four past neighbours Newcastle a fortnight ago for their first points of the season.
The match is behind closed doors at the Academy of Light.