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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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Can Boro Silence The Terriers?

  Football returns to the Riverside tomorrow as Boro take on Huddersfield Town 3pm kick off. Be there not elsewhere. We will be first footing and footballing in 2015 in our home ground and aiming to pick up from where we left off, that magnificent 3-0 mauling of Stuart Pearce\'s falling Forest. We have had a couple of goal less away games since then at Blackburn and Reading but in between finished off the cup challenge of Barnsley at Oakwell. Let\'s hope we can lock back into the ....

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Can Boro Win At Reading?

As news of cup tickets filters through time to keep focussed on the league and another trip south again against dangerous opponents. Can The Boro beat Reading 3pm kick off at the Madejski Stadium. Former West Brom boss Steve Clarke is the man the Royals’ board has entrusted with getting the club back on track. Always formidable opponents, especially on their own patch the former Biscuitmen have gone off the boil this campaign. The new man at the helm knows the right recipe to take them ....

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Can Boro Get Up For The Cup And Tame The Tykes?

  Are you up for the Cup? Boro\'s FA Cup campaign starts on Saturday with a visit to Oakwell, the home of Division One Barnsley. We should not expect anything but a difficult test against a side that often gave us a rough ride at their home before their relegation last season. If you don\'t show respect then you are often humbled. Let\'s hope we are professional and safely in the fourth round draw by close of play, Saturday. Boro take a break from the league with a potentially tricky ....

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Can Boro Win In Boxing Day Sell Out?

Boro fans woke up this morning to the incredible news that every single ticket in the Riverside Stadium is sold for this afternoon’s festive feast v Nottingham Forest. Kick off 3pm. The atmosphere will be superb. Everyone is buoyed up with Christmas spirit. Can we turn all that goodwill to all men and women and convert it into a big 3 point celebration boost for Boro fans far and wide? Stuart Pearce brings a Nottingham Forest team and club to Boro that is very much under ....

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Can Boro Banish The Portman Blues?

  Boro and Ipswich lock horns in Suffolk tomorrow. Two teams bang on form with great vital stats but with Ipswich holding a home hoodoo over us. Something has to give. Fingers crossed it is Mick McCarthy’s defence. Ipswich v Boro Portman Road Kick off 3pm. First things first let’s make sure that pitch is absolutely spot on to take 90 minutes pf football action. The last thing we want is setting out at 6.15am in the morning only to see 15 minutes of football and be packed ....

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Can We Rock The Rams?

It will be High Noon as Steve McClaren steps back into the Riverside tomorrow to duel with our new kid on the block, Aitor Karanka. Boro aim to shoot down top of the table Derby County at the Riverside tomorrow kick off 12.15pm. After that fantastic FIVE one victory over Millwall Boro aim to bring the form on home to the Riverside and topple top of the table Derby at The Riverside. A Derby County team that Aitor Karanka ranks as the best in our division. Aitor said of Derby, \"I think they ....

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Boro Prepare To Enter The Lions’ New Den

Always one of the more memorable away games of the season. A hostile atmosphere is a certainty; it isn’t called the New Den for nothing. But to taste victory against the odds is always sweeter and it is something Boro have achieved with distinction in recent times at Millwall. Fingers crossed for Saturday. Boro fans are making preparations for the journey south to Millwall. For once it is a normal Saturday 3pm kick off. We will take that short hop from South Bermondsey Station with the ....

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Can Boro Blast On V Blackburn?

  Am looking forward to a big, big Saturday as Boro go head to head with Blackburn Rovers at the Riverside. In sixth place and with hotshot Jordan Rhodes on scoring form the team from the north west will be formidable opponents this weekend. Then throw in the X Factor of Juninho returning and going pitch-side and you have all the ingredients for a special afternoon down by the River Tees. Middlesbrough FC revealed there will a minute\'s respect for former manager John Neal before the ....

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Boro Can Reach For The Stars V Canaries

Hands up who isn’t looking forward to this evening’s big top six head to head at the Riverside? What a game in prospect and for winger Adam Reach the chance to celebrate his new four and a half year contract by helping deliver a big, big win for the Boro. Kick off 7.45pm at the Riverside. Third plays sixth tonight but just one single point separates the teams. Norwich were fair storming along until they hit a wobble, something that was bound to happen really for the team relegated ....

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Boro Look To Entertain The Travelling Army At Rotherham

Boro will be playing in front of a massive travelling army of fans hoping to excite and not disappoint on a very big Saturday awayday in South Yorkshire. Away tickets for the game at Rotherham were snapped up immediately by Boro fans eager to watch their team on the road. And down a relatively short road from Teesside. Kick off 3pm at Rotherham’s New York Stadium. Everyone will be a hoping for a repeat of the same winning result witnessed by the last big exodus through Yorkshire to ....

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Can Boro Tame Wolves?

Boro fans go back on the road again today hoping for a tailwind to blow us all the way down to the West Midlands and victory v Wolves. Can we defeat Kenny Jacket’s Wolverhampton Wanderers and march on up the league table? Kick off at 7.45pm. Molineux is one of the iconic football stadia but the gold stands have not always glittered with success for Boro fans. Two seasons ago we went down to a damaging 3-2 before Wolves went down to the division below. For fans with a slightly longer ....

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Can Boro Bring Back The Spoils From Brighton?

Boro fans face one of the longest hauls of the season this weekend as travel down to the south coast for a head to head with the Seagulls of Brighton. Can we relive the memories of that 2-0 away win last season? Let’s hope so. Kick off at the Amex Stadium 3pm. Boro aim to pick up from where we left off before the international break and build on that unbeaten run, our only “defeat” in recent weeks the penalty marathon at Anfield. As for Brighton although they have been ....

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Can Boro Take Full Points V Fulham?

Middlesbrough aim to take full points against a Fulham team that has suddenly hit form. Support your local team in red at the Riverside on Saturday. Kick off 3pm. After dropping 2 points in the draw with Blackpool Boro will not want to slip up again playing another Championship basement side in Fulham. Yet on the face of it Fulham might not be quite the push overs they were under Felix Magath. Since the spectacularly spectacled German left Fulham have restored experienced players to the side ....

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Boro Can Switch The Lights Out For Blackpool

Boro can keep the unbeaten run rolling forward and deepen the depression at bottom of the table Blackpool, this evening. Kick off 7.45pm at The Riverside. Let’s greet the extra time, extra penalty heroes of Anfield with a big, noisy crowd tonight. Aitor Karanka is likely to shuffle that team around again as he aims to extend the unbeaten league run to five in a row and hopefully come somewhere close to the power play displayed in the 4-0 destruction of Brentford in our last home ....

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Into The Valley

Boro went into The Valley on Saturday and returned with the unbeaten run in tact and another point from the travels away from the Riverside. While at half time we would have been disappointed at the 0-0 result, the final 45 minutes saw the home team get on top. Adomah’s dismissal then meant we were under even more pressure. After last week’s cup exertions we can be happy to have taken a point from The Valley. Boro fans were still buzzing from the incredible night at Anfield when ....

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