Date: 30th April 2018 at 3:00pm
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After the weekend draw against Derby, fans’ attentions are now fully focused on the playoffs. Our likely opponents will be Middlesbrough barring a dramatic reversal for Boro on the final day.

With the two-legged semi-final scheduled for early next month, a potential starting eleven was suggested for the first game:

This caused a lot of debate on Twitter as to who Steve Bruce should choose to start:

Verdict:

There are a few talking points here. Albert Adomah’s poor recent form could allow Jonathan Kodjia to come back in, and for Grabban to be pushed out wide. In the middle there is some debate over Conor Hourihane’s inclusion with Josh Onomah having played in recent games.

Then there’s the debate over Birkir Bjarnason. The Icelandic midfielder has been out with a calf strain, but will likely be back in action for the playoff matches.

Although Glenn Whelan has played very well recently, some are also concerned with Boro’s physicality, and the selection of Mile Jedinak in midfield could be something worth considering.

 
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