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BORO are back on the box – and that’s not too promising, is it?

The last time the cameras took them in was a week or so ago when they bored their way to a 1-0 win over QPR.

A League Cup tie against one of the bigger boys on Tuesday will show them in a better light though, won’t it. Won’t it?

Not if you remember the last round of this tournament when they visited Old Trafford.

If it was predictable United would keep a clean sheet it was also pretty much a given they wouldn’t score, and so it was – 0-0, penalties and the unlikely hope that both teams would be eliminated.

Anyway, it was Boro wot won it, and their reward is a home showdown with Everton who, please God, didn’t use up all their entertainment reserves in the final throes of Saturday’s stonkingly amusing 3-3 draw at Bournemouth.

Everton, to be fair, have been full of goals of late – 14 scored in their last four – and they also let in more than is healthy.

So here’s hoping for an early Everton goal and a cabaret night on Teesside. Reality, however, suggests something less gripping, and I’m going to have a dabble on no goalscorer and shall tune back in at about 9.30pm in time for the penalties.

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Match in Focus

19:45 TODAY SS1

Middlesbro v Everton

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Boro have conceded just two goals in nine home games
Expert verdict
Everton’s League Cup visit to the Riverside will give Middlesbrough an insight to just how far they’ve come under Aitor Karanka. The Championship high-flyers have been superb at home this term winning seven of their nine games, but Everton have been in good nick and their extra class may tell.