Middlesbrough v Watford

Middlesbrough will be desperate to end a five-game winless streak when they welcome Watford to the Riverside Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.

Boro began the season in good form with a 1-1 draw against Stoke City preceding a 2-1 win over Sunderland. But since then they have managed just two points from their next five games.

Their last game before the international break was an impressive 1-1 draw with West Ham United and they will be looking to build on that performance against Watford this weekend.

The Hornets have struggled with consistency so far this term and excellent wins over the Hammers and Manchester United are sandwiched by poor performances in losses to Arsenal at home and Burnley on the road.

They had to come from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth at home prior to the FIFA break and manager Walter Mazzarri will be looking for a vastly improved performance on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of the match, the Italian revealed his focus on attack ahead of defence.

"I am an attacking manager, a manager that likes to play to go and attack," he said.

"But I repeat what I have said before the important thing for me is how we perform on the pitch and how we score one more goal compared to our rivals. Of course I am an attacking manager."

Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter and James Husband remain long-term absentees, but they have no fresh injury concerns following the international.

Isaac Success is in line to make his full debut after returning to training following a leg injury, but Craig Cathcart and Daryl Janmaat will miss out.

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