Boro look a tough nut to crack
Middlesbrough are the top flight's draw specialists – sharing the spoils in ten league matches this season – and can hold their own at Selhurst Park.
The onus is on Crystal Palace to push for the three points but Sam Allardyce's side have posted one league win in 11 and look poor-value favourites.
Boro will play their usual containing game and look to play on the anxiety of the home supporters. Palace haven't won a home league game for almost three months and their frustrations could continue.
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Scott Dann and Bakary Sako (both hamstring) are out and long-term absentees Steve Mandanda and Pape Souare are unavailable.
Antonio Barragan (hamstring) is not expected to feature and fellow defenders Calum Chambers (stress fracture) and George Friend (calf) are doubts.
Middlesbrough have drawn four of their last six Premier League fixtures.