The Teessiders spent last week in the capital between televised tussles with Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham.

Crystal Palace offered their hospitality as Boro remained and trained down south on a temporary basis for the two fixtures.

But as head coach Jonathan Woodgate intimated before departing for the Big Smoke, home is where the heart is - and his side can’t wait to be back at the Riverside on Tuesday.

Our home form has been the backbone of a recent resurgence, one that Woodgate will be keen to keep going under the lights at the Riverside.

Boro are unbeaten on our turf since mid-October, no fewer than eight fixtures.

The target will be another win on home soil against Pep Clotet’s Birmingham City.

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