Heritage Park is set to host Middlesbrough U23s Premier League Cup tie with Professional Development League high-fliers Burnley U23s THIS SUNDAY afternoon.
With Graeme Lee’s Boro fourth following their narrow defeat in the seven-goal thriller against leaders West Ham United last time out, this will be a chance for them to immediately get back to winning ways, although for Burnley, managed by ex-NUFC coach, Steve Stone, they’re certainly eyeing up cup success.
In a division which also consists of leaders Nottingham Forest, the Clarets second string are undefeated in eight having won three and drawn five so far this season, scoring fourteen times whilst Boro have won four and drawn one from seven scoring sixteen themselves, the hosts defence however has been somewhat shakier letting in fourteen to Burnley’s eight.
In the cup however, it’s as the Northern League have their League Cup this season, group stages for the opening round with eight groups around the country, Boro and Burnley having been placed in Group G along with Blackburn Rover and Crystal Palace.
(Other north-east interest sees Newcastle United in Group C with Hull City, they’re second in Burnley’s league, Scunthorpe United and West Bromwich Albion; Sunderland meanwhile are in Group F alongside Huddersfield Town, Liverpool and Wigan Athletic).
In an interview with burnleyfootballclub.com, midfielder Christian N’Guessan (pictured above) said: “We have started the season really well and there isn’t any games we go into thinking we can’t win.
“At the beginning of the season all the lads were waiting to see who we got in the draw, we are all excited for it and all glad that it has finally come around.
“To extend the unbeaten run to 10 matches in all competitions would be nice as well, so we will be hoping to keep that run going and hopefully get a win.
“So, all the lads are looking forward to it and it’s a great competition to be involved in once again.”
You can read his full interview HERE
Middlesbrough’s next game, again at Heritage Park, takes place on Friday 18 October against Reading in the League, as for the cup match with Burnley, that’s scheduled for a 1pm kick-off THIS SUNDAY, October 6.
Tickets for Middlesbrough U23s vs. Burnley U23s in the Premier League Cup, kick-off at 13:00, are available on the gate priced at £3 (other than MFC season ticket holders who need to produce their card); parking available on a first-come-first-served basis.