With the exception of captain Grant Leadbitter, Boro are expected to line up with their strongest XI as they welcome Watford to the Riverside Stadium.
The ex-West Ham United man was impressed by what the Frenchman did.
West Ham United and Middlesbrough played out a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Middlesbrough midfielder Stewart Downing returned to East London to face his old club West Ham United in Saturday's 1-1 draw.
West Ham host Middlesbrough at the London Stadium this afternoon.
Middlesbrough's promotion has handed a cash boost to West Ham United.
Middlesbrough drew 0-0 with Ipswich Town at the weekend, leaving their automatic promotion hopes hanging by a thread.
Middlesbrough sign Stewart Downing from West Ham United in the summer of 2015.
Leeds United will face Middlesbrough at Elland Road in the Championship on Monday evening.
Despite the defeat to Everton, Downing believes that his teammates need to remember the atmosphere at the Riverside Stadium.
Everton ensured their place in the semi-finals of the League Cup with a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
Ex-England midfielder was left out of starting line-up for their win at Wolves on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers' insistence on playing players out of their natural position was the true key to his downfall at Liverpool.