Burnley have won a higher proportion of points at home this season than any other side in the Premier League or Football League (94% - 16 of 17).
The Clarets have failed to score in their last three Boxing Day games, one of which was against Boro in 2013 (L3).
Boro have lost just one of their last seven visits to Turf Moor in the league (W3 D3).
Middlesbrough have won their last five Boxing Day encounters without conceding a single goal.
Sean Dyche: "We have made what we do at Turf Moor very hard for teams to come, which is an important factor."
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Aitor Karanka: "I expect a very tough game at Burnley. Sixteen of their seventeen points came at home and they are a direct rival in the league table."