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Can Boro Burst Man Cityís Bubble

In form Boro face a massive test this weekend going head to head with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the very ground where they shocked Barcelona in midweek. Can we drop down the anchors, park the bus and repeat our performance at Arsenal. A draw tomorrow would be a fantastic return and show that the campaign revival is now in full flow. Here’s hoping. It should be quite an occasion on Saturday for Boro fans. We return to the stadium where we knocked Cit-eh out of the FA Cup. ....


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Can Boro Bounce Back V Homesick Hammers?

  Can Boro break this losing sequence by profiting on West Ham\'s hapless start to their London Stadium era? After three defeats in a row this fixture could be a godsend for a Boro side seeking a return to stability. Stability is certainly something that has been lacking for Slaven Bilic\'s West Ham. So let\'s add to their misery and return from East London with a point or three. Aitor Karanka says that Boro will need to show the energy and intensity of the second half display against ....


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Can Boro Bring Down Spurs?

The biggest game of the season so far at the Riverside will see the stadium rocking as Boro go head to head with last season’s title contenders, Tottenham Hotspur. Although injured Harry Kane will be missing it is a team line up studded with internationals that Boro must compete and topple to bounce back from two defeats in a row. Karanka’s Boro will be desperate to get on track again 3pm kick off Riverside. Something must give. Boro will face a real test on Saturday from a team ....


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Can Boro Give Everton Something To Chew On

Boro face a really difficult game away against an Everton side rejuvenated under Ronald Koeman. Can Karanka’s boys bounce back from our home defeat from Crystal Palace and give the toffees something to chew on? Don’t forget it is a tea time kick off at Goodison Park at 5.30pm. Probably the most difficult challenge we have faced since our return to the top flight faces us this weekend. We will be making use of our third £30 away ticket passage of the campaign. It will be a ....


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Can Boro Bag Points At West Brom?

Middlesbrough head for The Hawthorns on Sunday hoping to keep an impressive unbeaten start to the Premier campaign intact. While many of us travellers were greatly disappointed by the poor display and result at Fulham we would probably all see three unbeaten games in the top flight as a bigger result. It would certainly be a great achievement to carry on unbeaten into the first international break. West Brom v Boro. Kick off 1.30pm, Sunday. Boro play a final game before the end of the transfer ....


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Can Boro Move On Up For The Cup?

Boro enter the EFL Cup this evening with a potentially tricky away tie at Fulham. Boro will be flying the Premier flag and trying to avoid slipping on any Championship banana skins at Craven Cottage. Can we build on that big victory at Sunderland on Sunday and move on up for the Cup? Kick off 7.45pm Craven Cottage. It is Second Round night for Boro tonight. Just how will Aitor Karanka approach this cup? The league status means everything to us of course but this is a chance to push on in the ....


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Can Boro Sink Sunderland In Wear Tees Derby?

After seven long years we finally get to play our most local rivals in the league. It is so good to be back competing with Sunderland in the top flight. Now, let’s show the north east and indeed the rest of the nation that this is where we intend to make our home. After seven years we have an itch to scratch by beating Sunderland and putting the Stadium of Light in the dark. Sunderland v Boro 1.30pm kick off. It is very early doors indeed for this first local derby of the season. ....


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Can Boro Make A Premier Lift Off V Stoke City?

  So here it is at long last, after seven long years in the wilderness, the dawning of a new Premier era for Middlesbrough FC as we take on Stoke City at the Riverside this afternoon 3pm kick off. People have talked about a kind start in our first month of games but Mark Hughes side present a formidable, top flight tried and tested, opposition. Will we get a Riverside reality check or can we make it a winning start to life in the football fast lane? Who will start for Boro in this ....


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Boro\'s Real Deal

  Boro step up the pre season with a home friendly this afternoon versus La Liga side Real Soceidad at the Riverside. Note the early kick off 1.30pm. The West Stand will be full, probably full to overflowing this afternoon as Boro\'s home fans get their first chance to see the new signings and promotion favourites that will start our first Premier campaign in seven years. Such exciting times. It will be a big test for the team today and an opportunity for individual signings like ....


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Boro Aim To Kick On V Brum

  Right, the long week has finally passed and as the tension builds and builds it is almost time for the big, big match time. So to Birmingham City and the first of the final two nerve shredding games of this frankly quite unbelievable season. Can we turn them over and then kick on to win promotion next week? First thing\'s first we need to get back to that scoring and winning habit and bring back the spoils and the points from the West Midlands. Kick off 7.45pm if you can stand to watch ....


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Boro\'s Long Weekend

  What a big weekend this will be for Boro\'s promotion race. Can we defeat Ipswich and stay on top of the pack? Do we dare hope for a Brucey bonus and a dropped point or three elsewhere? One thing is for certain it is going to be a very long weekend indeed for all Boro fans. The tension is ramping up this evening as Boro fans hope and pray that our team succeed and the others trip up. Can anyone bear to watch tonight as Burnley play out their local derby at Preston? That is of ....


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Can Boro Break Burnley Hearts?

  The big one. Can Boro blast Burnley and push on towards promotion? Three into two doesn\'t go and with four matches left and everyone winning everything in sight surely something has to give tonight? Or does it? Promotion is on a knife edge for the three B\'s; Boro, Burnley and Brighton. But Boro can fight to hold on to top spot at Turf Moor and keep ahead of the chasers and shoot down Dyche, Joey Barton. What a night we have in prospect. Come On Boro. Burnley v Boro at Turf Moor 7.45pm ....


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Can Boro Revel In Six Appeal At Bolton?

Boro can really push on towards promotion by winning a straight sixth game in a row at already relegated Bolton tomorrow in the mid day kick off on Saturday. Bolton’s fall has been drastic but how will they react to relegation. That is the unknown quantity about the head to head at the Macron. Brighton have the opportunity to close some of the four point gap when they welcome Fulham to the Amex this evening. Hull surely have to win to keep alive their slim outside chance of catching us. ....


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This Can Be A Top Night For Boro

  The prize for beating Reading tonight is the ultimate, we will leave our seats at the Riverside at the end of the night as top team in the Championship. What an incentive. Let\'s make it five straight wins and drive on above Burnley and Brighton and take back that top of the table position. What a famous night this can be. Come On Boro. A win tonight would be a complete reverse of the early season defeat at the Madejski that put The Royals on top of the shop. That lead barely lasted ....


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Boro Can Hit Lift Off Tonight V Hull

Boro take on Hull City tonight in a game that is screaming out, game of the season. In reality with eight games in the month of April, nothing will be settled tonight. Yet for two teams presently stumbling in the pursuit of promotion points this game has all the hallmarks of a crucial head to head. Boro need to restore confidence, especially after last weekend’s incredible events and perhaps just as importantly the appalling performance and result at Charlton. But then Hull completely ....


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Boro Going For Gold

Wrap up warm and pull on the water proofs as it will soon be time to gather at the Riverside to roar on your Boro to the top of the table. If you don’t succeed the first time, then try and try again. Hull slipping up last night means a door is swinging open once again for Boro to slide on through and back to the top of the crop. Live and at the Riverside is where it is at. Your voices are needed down by the Tees. Kick off is 7.45pm tonight. Boro fell down one of those four thousand holes ....


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Can Boro Sink Rovers And Go Top?

  Finally, finally we are set to play Blackburn away and victory tonight at Ewood would take us back to top of the shop. This is the match we have had in hand ever since that almighty deluge forced postponement on Boxing Day and Christmas was cancelled for Boro fans forced to turn back from Lancashire and head instead for shelter and sustenance down the pub. Now with former Rovers super striker Jordan Rhodes in our ranks could this be a case of right place, right time to take full points ....


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Can Boro Kick On V Fulham?

    After finally breaking the win-less habit can Boro now kick on and put a winning run together? Fulham and Ross McCormack our end of last season nemesis stand in our way in the big game at Craven Cottage. Let\'s avenge that so costly defeat and McCormick\'s snubs and record back to back victories and go onwards and upwards with Boro. This is the one trip to London not ruined by far too late changes to plans courtesy of Sky. Although there is still a day to go before kick off ....


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Win For Promotion And For Ali

Boro take on Cardiff City this evening and aim to finally get back to winning ways by defeating the Bluebirds. It will be an emotional night as fans pay their respects to “Voice of the Boro” Alastair Brownlee. Kick off 7.45pm. Inside the stadium there will be big screen pictures and words from our champion before the teams run out. Get down early and pay your respects, for Ali. Win for Ali. Boro have slipped down to third in the table after looking in such a strong position only a ....


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Massive Night For Boro

Boro can bounce back to the top of the league and return to form with an away win at MK Dons. The rearranged game clashes with Boro Under 19s play Dynamo Kiev in the UEFA Youth League knock out round at the Riverside Stadium. Let\'s hope there is a double bubble Boro celebration tonight. It is a first ever visit to Milton Keynes, the team controversially moved from south London Wimbledon to the new town north of London. The USA franchise style move split football at the time, as owner Peter ....


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Can Boro Pull Up Those Tricky Trees?

Put all the transfer ins and outs to one side there is a game of football to play and Boro need to bury that Bristol City defeat by powering back with a victory against Nottingham Forest. Get down to the Riverside on Saturday and support your local team to help Boro stay Top of the League. Kick off 3pm. Boro can turn the shock defeat at Ashton Gate into a blip by uprooting Nottingham Forest tomorrow. It won’t be an easy game against Dougie Freedman’s much revived Midlanders. But ....


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Can Boro Add To Bristolís Woes?

Boro bid to make it a second away win inside a week as we aim to add to Bristol City’s week of woes. It is top versus 22nd as Boro play the managerless side. Can we make it ten clean sheets on the trot? We will take another sell out away following to Ashton Gate for the Saturday 3pm kick off. Boro will look to keep the long unbeaten run going and extend the number of games without conceding to ten as we make the long trip to Bristol City this weekend. Fans will be preparing for a very ....


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Besotted Away Fan Guide

  Here is a very handy review of pubs, travel, transport and parking for all Boro fans making their way to Brentford\'s Griffin Park tonight. It was kindly provided by our chums from Besotted, the long running and ever excellent Brentford fan site. For Boro fans coming down, you are probably aware there are plenty of pub options pre-match and all are most welcoming. Colours are fine and there is no ‘bouncer culture’ on the doors of our boozers – not yet ....


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Boro Getting Up For The Cup V Burnley

It might be a cliché but it remains true all the same the 3rd round of the FA Cup is one of the most eagerly awaited dates in the football calendar. No matter what people say about the perceived decline of the cup and that Boro’s priority has to be the league there is still something special about football’s oldest trophy. Call it heritage and tradition, the dream of every school kid still is of an FA Cup Final victory. The journey towards that dream starts at the Riverside ....


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Boro All Set For New Year Sizzler

    Boro can start the year in with a major statement of intent by defeating second place Derby before a sell out crowd at the Riverside today. 3pm kick off. It is another first versus second head to head and a victory today would see Boro storming away at the top of the league. What a Happy New Year that would be for Boro fans. The excitement is growing. The game that has been on everyone\'s lips since Christmas is just a few hours away. This morning all the talk at parkrun was ....


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