Saturday 13th of December
Middlesbrough (12th) v Arsenal (4th)
GMT : 12.45
Ground : The Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough boast an impressive run of form against Arsenal, going undefeated in their last four encounters with the Gunners, with a win and three 1-1 draws.
Gareth Southgate's men will be hoping to pick up some points after amassing just two from the last 12 available.
Arsenal themselves travel to the Riverside having failed to live up to expectations so far this season.
Defeats to Aston Villa and Manchester City have been followed by narrow wins over Chelsea and Wigan Athletic.
Arsene Wenger's men will be looking for a convincing victory on Teeside if they are to maintain their hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League title.
Middlesbrough team news
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is facing up to a defensive crisis.
David Wheater is suspended after his sending-off at Hull City last weekend, while Justin Hoyte and Andrew Taylor are both doubts with knee injuries.
Robert Huth (foot) and Chris Riggott (hamstring) have returned to training, but Tony McMahon, Seb Hines, Matthew Bates and Rhys Williams could come into contention if they are not ready.
Arsenal team news
Arsenal expect to have captain Cesc Fabregas (knee) back for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Middlesbrough, along with several other first-team players.
Full-back Gael Clichy (hamstring), Robin van Persie (thigh) and the rested Emmanuel Ad****or also missed the midweek Champions League trip to Porto but should be available again, along with defender Bacary Sagna if he shakes off a virus in time.
Defender Kolo Toure (calf) and midfielder Samir Nasri (ankle) remain sidelined, along with Eduardo (leg) and long-term absentee Tomas Rosicky (hamstring).
Middlesbrough: Turnbull, Jones, Hoyte, McMahon, Taylor, Grounds, Pogatetz, Huth, Bates, Hines, Williams, Aliadiere, Arca, Walker, Digard, Downing, Johnson, Emnes, Tuncay, Alves.
Arsenal: Almunia, Clichy, Gallas, Silvestre, Sagna, Denilson, Diaby, Fabregas, Eboue, van Persie, Ad****or, Fabianski, Djourou, Gibbs, Song, Vela, Bendtner, Ramsey, Wilshere.