Boro's Under-23s travel to West Brom in the PL2 Division Two tonight.
The match, played at Telford United's New Bucks Head ground, is a 6pm kick-off.
The young Teessiders, who lost 2-1 at Reading last time out, are targeting a first away win since Sunderland in September against a side 10 points and 10 places better off in the table.
West Brom's last PL2 win came against Boro at Heritage Park back in October - a match which the Teessiders led through an early Calum Kavanagh penalty only to lose it 2-1 after Connor Malley was shown a red card. The Baggies have drawn four of their five league outings since.
Assistant coach Paul Crager will take charge this evening after Graeme Lee's departure to take the vacant managerial post at Hartlepool United.