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Summary

  1. Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
  2. Johann Berg Gudmundsson on bench for Burnley
  3. Stuani returns for Middlesbrough

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By Amy Lofthouse and Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

A scrappy goal settles a scrappy match but Burnley won't care about that. They're on 20 points. Halfway to safety by Boxing Day. Not bad going at all. 

Dejected Middlesbrough players
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Burnley 1-0 Middlesbrough

Four minutes added.

YELLOW CARD

Burnley 1-0 Middlesbrough

Phew. I was worried we were going to go five minutes without a yellow card there.

Jeff Kendrick has stepped up to the plate with a foul on Cristhian Stuani.

Ten bookings and counting.

Burnley 1-0 Middlesbrough

Trevor Sinclair

Ex-Man City & West Ham winger on Final Score

That is absolutely superb skill.

That is why Burnely missed Andre Gray at the start of the season. He's back now and you can see his quality. 

You can't teach that, instinctive finishing. 

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GOAL

Burnley

Andre Gray.

That was as straightforward a goal as you will see, but it has to go down as an error by Boro goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Tom Heaton's long punt forward was flicked on by Sam Vokes and Gray was on hand to smash an instinctive shot from 20 yards out.

However, as good as the shot was it there for Valdes to save, but the Barcelona goalkeeper somehow spilled it and the ball just crept in. 

Gray scores
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YELLOW CARD

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Fabio makes it nine bookings.

SUBSTITUTION

Burnley

A final change for the hosts: Johann Berg Gudmundsson is on for Scott Arfield.

SUBSTITUTION

Burnley

The injured Dean Marney comes off and Steven Defour takes his place.

YELLOW CARD

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

And we're up to eight bookings: Burnley 5-3 Middlesbrough.

Andre Gray - largely anonymous so far - lamps the ball away after the whistle had gone.

Needless.

Andre Gray of Burnley
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Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Cristhian Stuani has just not quite been at it today.

He is presented with another opening from a corner but fails to get a telling connection with his head. 

SUBSTITUTION

Burnley

Sam Vokes comes on for Ashley Barnes.

YELLOW CARD

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Another tasty challenge and another booking - the seventh of the game - is doled out.

Stephen Ward of Burnley is the aggressor this time with hefty tackle on Cristhian Stuani.

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

A bit of saving practice for Tom Heaton there as Cristhian Stuani's header from a corner floats towards goal but never had the pace to beat the home goalkeeper.

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

The already-booked Gaston Ramirez is subjected to cries of "off, off off" by some home fans after he goes in full-blooded on Ashley Barnes.

Referee Pawson rules it a mis-timed 50-50 and gives only a foul.

Correct decision, I would say.

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Free-kick in a dangerous position for Boro here after Dean Marney handles on the edge of the Burnley area.

Ramirez is over it... but it's a horribly tame effort and Tom Heaton saves easily.

YELLOW CARD

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Jon Flanagan is now in the book. We're up to six cautions.

The Burnley full-back was late on Gaston Ramirez as Boro won a free-kick in a dangerous area, but the hosts escaped without further punishment.

Jon Flanagan and Gaston Ramirez
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Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

A few half-hearted penalty shouts from the home fans there as George Boyd went down with Calum Chambers in attendance, but the replay clearly showed there was no contact between the two at all, and in fairness to Boyd he did not claim there was.

KICK-OFF

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Away we go again at Turf Moor.

Fabio Da Silva of Middlesbrough holds off pressure from George Boyd of Burnley
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Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Ian Brown

BBC football commentator on BBC Radio 5 live

Burnley have been the aggressors in the first half here - Valdes has had a fair bit to do. 

HALF-TIME

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

So the referee blows his whistle to bring to an end a scrappy half of football that Burnley just about edged. 

Victor Valdes had to make a couple of decent stops in the Boro goal but the best chance of the half perhaps went to the visitors when Cristhian Stuani flashed wide from 18 yards.

YELLOW CARD

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Antonio Barragan is booked for a late challenge on Scott Arfield, the fifth player in referee Craig Pawson's book.

That's also five cautions for the season for Barragan and he'll miss the game at Manchester United on New Year's Eve.

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

There'll be two minutes added on.

YELLOW CARD

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Burnley's Ben Mee goes in the book for hauling back Gaston Ramirez.

The cards are racking up.

Middlesbrough"s Gaston Ramirez in action with Burnley"s Ben Mee
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Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Burnley are enjoying a good spell here.

Jon Flanagan's lofted free-kick found Ashley Barnes unmarked in the area but the striker was slightly on the stretch and his attempt to steer the ball across the face of goal came to nothing. 

Moments later the lively George Boyd beat his man and sent over a cross that was cleared for a corner.

George Boyd of Burnley with Boro's Fabio
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YELLOW CARD

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough's Gaston Ramirez picks up a card for a challenge on Stephen Ward.

Just coming to life, this game.

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Another half-chance for the hosts as George Boyd lets fly from from a free-kick from around 25 yards. 

The effort was straight at Victor Valdes but it was clearly moving in the air as the goalkeeper made a real meal of the save.

But save it he did.

George Boyd of Burnley and Adam Forshaw of Middlebrough battle for a loose ball
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Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on BBC Radio 5 live

I thought it was a penalty because Chambers' hand is up above his head.  

Penalty shout for Burnley

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

A let-off for Middlesbrough there? 

It was all a bit scrappy inside the Middlesbrough area as Ashley Barnes and Dean Marney tried to bundle the ball home after good work by George Boyd down the right.

The ball was pinging around and Marney's scuffed shot struck the elbow area of Calum Chambers, who did appear to move his arm towards the ball.

A tricky one for the referee but - as the old saying goes - I've seen them given.

Dean Marney of Burnley with the referee
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Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

The hosts go close as Ashley Barnes takes aim with a low drive from around 20 yards that Victor Valdes deals with at the expense of a corner, which comes to nothing.

YELLOW CARD

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Burnley's George Boyd is the second player in the referee's notebook for a foul on Adam Forshaw.

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

A bit of a midfield scrap so far...

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Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Burnley are so very nearly undone by a simple ball over the top. 

Antonio Barragan's drilled forward pass was latched on to by Cristhian Stuani with the home defenders AWOL, but the returning striker fails to get his effort from the edge of the area on target. 

Cristhian Stuani looks dejected
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Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

There's some scuffling on the edge of the box and Scott Arfield gets half a foot on the ball, but it trickles towards Boro keeper Victor Valdes.

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

An early sniff for Middlesbrough as Fabio curls a ball in towards Alvaro Negredo in the box, but Tom Heaton comes out and catches it safely.

Alvaro Negredo of Middlesbrough holds off pressure from Michael Keane of Burnley
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Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Ooh, that's nasty. A late challenge from Marten de Roon catches Stephen Ward's kneecap, and he's been shown a yellow.

KICK-OFF

Here we go. The sun is peeking out at Turf Moor, although it still looks absolutely freezing.

Middlesbrough"s Gaston Ramirez in action with Burnley"s Jon Flanagan
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It's what Boxing Day is all about - donning a Santa hat and sitting in the cold at the footy. A solid effort from this couple.

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'Unlikely adversaries'

Burnley v Middlesbrough (15:00 GMT)

Alistair Mann

MOTD commentator atTurf Moor

It's by no means a local derby, yet the meeting of Burnley and Middlesbrough has evolved to become a highly competitive duel. Stoked up by off-field comments and budgetary comparisons, the two have now become unlikely adversaries with their many recent meetings in the Championship pivotal, as each has sought to scupper the other's quest for promotion.

Having both achieved that aim in May, they're now acutely aware of the importance of beating each other, in their battle to remain among the game's elite.

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Team news

Burnley v Middlesbrough (15:00 GMT)

Viktor Fischer will be missing for around three weeks for Middlesbrough after injuring his knee against Swansea last Saturday.

Cristhian Stuani returns to the starting XI, while George Friend is on the bench.

Middlesbrough XI: Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Da Silva, Forshaw, Clayton, de Roon, Stuani, Negredo, Ramirez. 

Middlesbrough players warm up
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