Burnley manager Sean Dyche has no new injuries to contend with ahead of Middlesbrough’s visit.
But the Clarets will be without Matt Lowton, who is banned after accumulating five yellow cards.
Middlesbrough winger Viktor Fischer will miss the festive period after suffering a knee injury in the win against Swansea.
Gaston Ramirez will be monitored after making his comeback from a foot injury against the Swans.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Alistair Mann: “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.
“It’s not simply an attempt to avoid the Boxing Day sales which has prompted both sets of supporters to sell out their tickets.”
Burnley manager Sean Dyche: “Our home form is strong enough to be recognised throughout the league, and for a small club like ourselves, that’s fantastic. It’s important we continue our performances and the strength we’ve shown.”
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka: “I expect a very tough game at Burnley. Sixteen of their 17 points came at home and they are a direct rival in the league table.
“Every single team has to take advantage of their strengths and Burnley are an example of that.”
The Clarets are rarely beaten at Turf Moor, but they might struggle to open Aitor Karanka’s side up.
I’m going for a draw, which would be a better result for Boro than it would be for Burnley, who are relying on their home form to keep them out of trouble.