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Boro\'s Burton Tester

  Boro face a really stiff test tonight with an away cup tie at Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink\'s Burton Albion. Having fallen to a home defeat on Saturday to Bristol City the last thing we want is to slip up on a banana skin in the cup. Boro old boy Jimmy Floyd will have plenty of motivation to underline his credentials as an up and coming young manager. After winning promotion from League Two last season no one will treat the visit to the Pirelli Stadium stadium lightly. 7.45pm kick off. ....


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Can Boro Rock The Robins Of Bristol City?

  It is another big Saturday at the Riverside as Boro go head to head with Bristol City, can we stay unbeaten and make it two home wins? Boro dropped points to a late, late strike at Derby in mid-week and so will be looking to make the most of home advantage and bank three points. The win against Bolton was so impressive last weekend, the first half quite scintilating football, make sure you are part of the crowd roaring on Boro. Kick off 3pm. Five minutes from time on Wednesday night, ....


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Can Boro Profit At The Ipro?

Boro face a real test of promotion credentials when coming face to face with Derby tonight at the iPro Stadium. Can we repeat last season’s 1-0 away win? It would certainly make it a brilliant start to the season for Aitor Karanka’s fast improving team. Kick off 7.45pm. Boro had the luxury of being able to ease off the gas in the second period against Bolton on Saturday but we will be pushed all the way tonight by another side greedily eyeing up Premier promotion in Paul ....


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Boro Plot To Start With A Win Against Bolton

It is a re-run of the Carling Cup final of too many years ago now to mention but can Boro sprint out of the blocks again and make it a winning start to the Riverside campaign? Boro’s big kick off for the home programme starts tomorrow as we welcome the Trotters of Red Rose Bolton over the Pennines and into the Riverside lions den. Hopefully Aitor’s boys can serve us a spectacle, a feast of football fun and above all get us off to a 3 pointer in the first home of the new ....


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Boro Aim To Avoid Cup Shocker

In a week of cup shocks Boro will be aiming to buck the trend tonight by beating Oldham at Boundary Park. Seven championship teams were toppled yesterday in the first Round of the Capital One Cup. Both home and away sides from our league were felled by lower league opponents. Boro must be on their guard tonight to ensure we do not add our name to the list of the fallen. It is a déjà vu time tonight as Boro head back to Oldham, almost exactly a calendar year since our first round ....


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Match Preview – Preston North End Vs Boro

The final game of the card on the opening weekend sees the Boro travelling just over a hundred miles to Deepdale, the home of League One playoff winners, Preston North End. A tie that was always going to be picked for TV – the losing Championship finalists vs the last in to this year’s division. Preamble Preston last graced the second tier in 2011, finishing 22nd that year. PNE spent two seasons in the third tier finishing mid-table before finally breaking into the higher ....


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Boro V Getafe

  Boro\'s final pre-season friendly and first of the summer at home sees Spanish top flight side Getafe arrive at the Riverside. Kick off is 3pom and it is West Stand only at this stage. Get there half an hour earlier if you haven\'t already got your ticket. Last season we found Villarreal rather too hot to handle and today\'s opposition will prove another stern test for Aitor Karanka\'s squad. It will also be a chance for the home fans to get reaquainted with a former Riverside ....


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Lions Rampant Amongst The Canaries

Boro’s lions can clip the Canaries of Norwich and win the big Wembley showdown on Monday. Pronounced by many as underdogs, that tag suits us to the ground, just ask Man City and Derby County and how about Norwich City themselves, just a few short weeks ago at Carrow Road. We brought all these teams to heal and can do it again on Monday. In Aitor We Trust #Believe Boro left back George Friend cannot wait to step out at Wembley for the first time since playing there for his local Devon ....


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Come On Boro

Tonight is the night. A date with Boro destiny. It is dog eat dog, do or die. Promotion dream into overdrive or the summer slumber starts here. Don’t even think it. Boro v Brentford – the play off 2nd leg at a sold out Riverside 7.45pm and Boro taking that one goal lead into a tie winning result. Up The Boro It has been a long haul this season but overall a hugely enjoyable one. Victory tonight will set the seal on a superb campaign. There have been so many highs, all sparked off ....


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Can Boro Take Sting Out Of The Bees – Again?

  It is the big, big question can Boro tame those Bees of Brentford in the play offs? Match one is Friday night (7.45pm kick off) and the name of the game surely is first things first keep the tie alive. Keep it tight and make sure to mind the gap. Do not fall off the pace and leave yourself a mountain to climb. An away goal would be wonderful, a draw superb, and a repeat of the away win in the season proper just exceptional. For all those not old enough to remember the play offs they ....


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Boro Can Bring Down The Cottagers

Another must win game for Boro as we travel down to the Thames side to attempt victory in the final away game of the season. Can Boro bring back 3 points from Fulham and pile the pressure on Watford and Bournemouth? Fulham v Boro, Craven Cottage, sat 25th April 3pm kick off. Just one point and a whole load of goals separate the top three teams in the Championship. We will be hoping for slip ups elsewhere and Boro going for the max to make this an epic finale to what has already been a ....


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Boro’s Match Of The Season

Cometh the hour cometh the team. Boro come head to head with promotion rivals Norwich at Carrow Road tonight. We need to win tonight, it is simple as that. Otherwise it is play offs. Kick off 7.45pm. #Believe Can Boro summon forth the form that saw us defeat Derby at the iPro and indeed hammer Norwich earlier in the season at the Riverside? It is not going to be an easy ask against the side relegated from the Premier and struggling to return to the top flight. We have stumbled of late in ....


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Boro Can Go For Gold #believe

Boro take on playoff pressing Wolves in the penultimate home match of the season. Only 3 points is good enough now. Your presence is required at the Riverside tonight to help force the issue. 7.45pm kick off #Believe. Boro aim to record back to back home victories to climb back on that promotion band wagon once more. Tonight’s opponents should be harder nuts to crack than Rotherham on Saturday. But the belief is starting to return again and it will be back in a flood if we can take Kenny ....


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Boro Looking To Build A Watford Gap

Top of the table Boro travel to Watford on Easter Bank Holiday Monday knowing that an away win would open a useful points gap to their promotion rivals. While an away point would keep us moving forward and in the right direction a victory would see Boro steaming along top after Easter. What a prize that would be. Watford v Boro at Vicarage Road, kick off 12.30pm. Boro will be looking to build on that scraped win over Wigan on Good Friday and make the most of dropped points for Bournemouth and ....


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Boro Hoping For A Very Good Friday

  Boro go back into action again with a Good Friday clash against relegation scrapping Wigan Athletic. Can Boro get back to winning ways to scale the dizzy heights of the Championship once more? At least for a few hours until Bournemouth and Watford play on the evening. But pressure does strange things to teams. So here\'s hoping we can pick up maximum points and see others bottle it. Malky Mackay\'s Wigan have rallied somewhat of late, away from home at least. They are still 5 point ....


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Gareth Looks Forward To England U21 Game

Gareth Southgate returns to the Riverside manager’s chair tonight as the former Boro boss mastermind’s young England against the old enemy Germany. The former Middlesbrough cup final winning centre half and skipper will have a present day Boro centre back in his squad in Ben Gibson. Fingers crossed the Boro regular gets a start in this 7.45pm kick off. A big crowd is guaranteed with tickets having been snapped up for the chance to see the stars of the future. Some of us will recall ....


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Can Boro Pop The Cherries?

  Boro bid to make it a fantastic 8 day week and take down Bournemouth on their own ground this Saturday, 12.15pm, early bird kick off. Second versus third place. Top scorers versus the meanest defence. It should be quite some contest. Come On Boro. It would cap off a brilliant run of fixtures if Boro could follow the 4-1 success against Ipswich and 1-0 win at Derby with a result at the ground formerly known as Dean Court. At the start of this run of results we would have taken a ....


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Can Boro Ram Raid Derby?

  Another massive game tonight as Boro aim to keep the heat on their promotion rivals and knock Derby County back into the play off pack. Can Boro follow what ended up as an emphatic victory over Ipswich on Saturday by breaking Derby hearts tonight? It is a 7.45pm kick off at the ground formerly known as Pride Park. It is third place versus fourth tonight as Boro go head to head with the team most seemed to be tipping for automatic promotion, yet a series of late goals conceded and ....


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Can Boro Cut Down Forest?

Top of the league Boro face a challenge and a half against Dougie Freedman’s revitalised Nottingham Forest. Although Forest’s storming run under the former Bolton boss came to a sticky end with defeat in midweek at Charlton it is a notoriously unhappy hunting ground for Boro. But this time we arrive top of the league and determined to re-write recent history by taking points from the team by the Trent. Kick off 3pm Saturday. So, it was very different experiences for both teams in ....


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Can Boro Bounce Back And Humble Millwall?

Can Boro recover from their Yorkshire hang over and win to cling on to second place tonight at the Riverside? Kick off 7.45pm v Millwall. How good would it be to return to winning ways. Come On Boro. We need a massive crowd behind us tonight to drive on the team that has lost its way with two defeats in three games. The defeats to Yorkshire sides Leeds and Sheff Wed have seriously undermined our promotion progress but in between times the win over Bolton was an extremely nervy affair. A win at ....


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Will Bolton Buckle Under Boro Backlash?

  Boro must hit back after Saturday\'s early doors disappointment defeat against Leeds to defeat Bolton and throw down the anchors in the promotion positions. Wanderers will present a serious threat as they have looked like they meant business ever since Neil Lennon took the reigns. Boro must be disciplined but go all out for the win. Kick off 7.45pm. Calling all Boro fans your team needs you tonight. Boro must bounce back from Saturday\'s home defeat to Leeds to stay up their in the ....


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Boro Can Stop Leeds And Stay Top

  It is the nearest thing that we have left to a local derby, in fact it was THE local derby when I was a young lad, 100 years ago. Can Boro shoot down Leeds and stay TOP OF THE LEAGUE. Kick off 12.15pm tomorrow at the Riverside Tomorrow\'s lunch time kick off sees Boro\'s first defence of their top spot status and an opportunity to right wrongs from Elland Road earlier in the season. The referee that day decided to make a one man stand against over head kicks in ruling out Albert ....


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Boro\'s Big Moment Tonight At Brum

  Derby\'s draw last night with Rotherham leaves the door open for Boro to bounce clear at a top if we can win tonight at St Andrews. Always a tricky fixture away at Birmingham, the prize is a 3 point gap if we can see off the financially troubled club with a victory. It is a 7.45pm kick off in the second city. Although Derby\'s 3-3 draw at Rotherham pushed Boro down to third place in the table. Only goal difference separates the top three and winning our match in hand will give a ....


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Boro Can Rise To The Top Of The Tower With Win Tonight?

  A victory tonight over relegation doomed Blackpool will propel Boro into an automatic promotion slot. It is the prize the manager of the month, player of the month and surely team of the month, so richly deserved. The task then will be to stay there. But for today we have one aim alone to go to the top of the tower by beating Blackpool. Blackpool\'s beleaguered boss, Lee Clark is rallying his forlorn tangerine army by describing tonight\'s game as not only a cup final but a ....


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Can Boro Shock City?

Can Boro provide an upset and bring down the Premier Champions in their Etihad home? Boro fans will be living the Premier dream if they can send shockwaves through the sky blue half of Manchester by toppling City. It is 2nd in the Championship taking on 2nd place in the Premier. Promotion pushing Boro hope to spoil Manuel Pellegrini’s planning by playing their way into the Fifth round draw. Kick off 3pm. Game on… Tomorrow is the day of the big exodus from Teesside. The big push ....


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