Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace

Middlesbrough have made a good start to life in the Premier League and next up is the visit of Crystal Palace to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

Boro are undefeated after an opening-day draw with Stoke City, a morale-boosting win over Sunderland, and the goalless stalemate at West Brom before the international break putting them sixth in the standings.

It has not been so rosy for the Eagles, who lost their first two games 1-0 against the Baggies and Spurs before being held 1-1 by Bournemouth in their most recent encounter. Alan Pardew's side are now one of five teams who have just a single point to their name.

Palace have a number of injury concerns, including Pape Souare (hamstring), Fraizer Campbell (hamstring), Bakary Sako (groin), James Tomkins (hamstring), and James McArthur (knee).

The good news is that new midfield signing Mathieu Flamini is available to Pardew, having joined the south London club on a free transfer this week.

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