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A Spur To Survival

  Boro travel south to London more in hope than expectation of recording a first Premier League win of 2017. Spurs were on fire when they beat us 2-1 at the Riverside last year and are now back on form sitting only behind Chelsea now in second place in the Premier table. Yet we seem to have often been at our best this season when facing the stiffest tests. It will be our last ever visit to White Hart Lane can we make it a final game to remember. Spurs didn\'t manage to break the ....


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Can We Throttle The Throstles?

  I cannot remember a more unsettling time as a Boro fan, well not since Aitor\'s lost weekend when we went down to Charlton without him a year ago. The January Transfer Window is creaking shut and causing dissent all over the shop, especially on Teesside. I would love it, just love it if we could convert all that fury and rancour into throttling the Throstles tonight. It is the best of times and it is the worst of times. After all the years of striving and failing we are competing ....


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Boro Can Get Up With The Cup

  The FA Cup 4th Round could not come at a better time for Boro. For once the distraction is very welcome indeed. It will take us away from all the Karankabanter controversy and help us settle down again ahead of important league survival battles ahead. Not that the FA Cup is not important in itself. This Saturday can be a gateway to the 5th Round and who knows where? Let\'s beat Accrington Stanley and keep the Cup Dream alive. First of all have great respect for the opposition. They ....


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Can Boro Hammers The Hammers?

Boro v West Ham – is a massive game for both clubs, particularly Boro. A win could really have a transform our position in the relegation stakes. Boro Blogger Eden Lewis previews the clash – 3pm kick off Riverside, Saturday 21st January. This week has been everything except dull for both clubs. The Hammers are dealing with diva Dimitri Payet, the French forward wants out of the London Stadium and won’t take no for an answer. He’s even gone as far as apparently feigning ....


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Can Boro Pile Pressure On The Hornets?

  Boro head south looking for a victory on what is bound to be an emotional day at Vicarage Road. Boro and Watford go head to head in a major relegation tussle on a day given added poignancy and sadness following the death of the much loved and respected former Hornets manager Graham Taylor. Kick off 3pm Saturday. Boro will be looking for a first victory of the New Year and so pile the pressure on Watford boss Walter Mazzarri. The Hornets haven\'t won in 5 league games, including a ....


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Boro V Accrington Stanley: Who Are They?

  Boro fans were celebrating last night\'s 4th round FA Cup draw by downing pints last night, not of beer but of milk. Boro were given a home draw against League Two Accrington Stanley, ties to played over the last weekend in January, 27th to 30th. That has to be a brilliant opportunity to progress to the fifth round stage for Aitor Karanka\'s team but Accrington fans will also remember with relish how they proved a major banana skin for us in the only previous meeting between the ....


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Will Boro Be Up For The Fa Cup?

Boro’s FA Cup campaign gets under way on Sunday with a juicy looking 3rd round tie at home to Sheffield Wednesday. The Championship club are flying of late, on an unbeaten run of five fixtures, most notably a 1-0 away win at St James Park. But could Boro be the team to clip the wings of The Owls? So it is top flight versus second string and on paper at least a real chance to progress for Boro. Yet it will not be an easy progress as the south Yorkshire club demonstrated on that televised ....


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Happy New Year - Almost Happy New Year At Man Utd

Happy New Year everyone. What an amazing game to finish 2016. The atmosphere was electric. The Boro corner gamely taking on and beating the 70 000 that Jose said came down on to the pitch. Two players making their first starts of the season, one of them. Espinosa making his Boro debut. What a baptism of fire but how well they played. The roars of delight when Captain Grant scored that goal were incredible. It was all too comparable to Ravanelli at Wembley. Obviously the last five minutes were ....


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Festive Cheer At Burnley

  Boro fans have donned their santa hats and parcelled up the turkey and stuffing sandwiches hoping to stuff Sean Dyche\'s Burnley and wrap up a top Boro Christmas. It is a re run of last season\'s intense rivalry. The game and manager every Boro fan most wants to win. We were pegged back at the very end of last visit to Burnley\'s old ground, revenge could be in the air this Boxing Day as we head across the Pennines scenting a festive victory. Boro fan in Manchester Alan Mason ....


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Boro Can Win Crunch Game

  Boro face a crunch match today, a real 6 pointer against relegation strugglers Swansea. We need to bury all the troubles and tribulations of the past week with a victory. A win would restore the confidence and kick us on up the table while ensuring Swansea have a very difficult Christmas time ahead. Venue: Riverside. Kick off 8pm. What a difficult week for Boro fans, the failure to respond to Southampton\'s goal at St Mary\'s was troubling, the way Liverpool pulled us apart in ....


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Can Boro Make Liverpool Relive Their Riverside Nightmares?

Boro take on Liverpool tonight in a game of huge significance at both ends of the table. Jurgen Klopp’s attack minded, free scoring side are on of the biggest draws in the Premier League. After the Boro. This game sold out a long time ago. Cannot wait for 8pm kick off under the lights. Boro have been very good under the floodlights in Aitor Karanka’s stewardship and Liverpool seemed to have hated coming to Middlesbrough ever since we moved to the Riverside. We have enjoyed so many ....


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Can Boro Reel In The Saints?

Can Boro build on the win against Hull City and continue Southampton’s miserable December time when the teams go head to head at St Mary’s on Sunday. Kick off 2.15pm. Boro find themselves playing a Sunday game because of Southampton’s Europa Cup campaign. Well that won’t be happening again this term after The Saints blew it big style and fell out of the trophy in home defeat to minnows, Hapoel Beer Sheva of Israel on Thursday night. They were already under a black ....


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Boro Can Make It Hell For Hull

It is a massive Monday night down at the Riverside and what a difference a victory would make. It is 16th plays 19th tonight but just one point separating Boro from second from bottom Hull City. A win tonight would see that gap open up and steam us up to 13th in the table. A defeat would be unthinkable. Can you handle the pressure? Pile it on Hull at the Riverside this evening. Kick off 8pm. It is sure to be a floodlit white hot atmosphere tonight by the Tees. The frost will be kept at bay as ....


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Can Boro Leapfrog The Foxes?

  It is back on the road in the Premier League to the home of the reigning Champions, Leicester City. Another fixture to savour but is it one that offers an opportunity to claw back a point or possibly three? Can Boro bounce back from defeat at home to Chelsea with a positive result at the King Power tomorrow? On paper it would look like our very difficult run of fixtures is continuing. A case of, out of the frying pan, from two teams vying for this season\'s title in Man City and ....


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Can Boro Give Chelsea The Blues?

What a game we have to look forward to on Sunday, Boro get a chance to put the skids under Chelsea’s Premier title charge at the Riverside. It is a sell out and will be nailed on a top class atmosphere as Boro big to make it four positive results in a row and launch away from the relegation zone. We welcome our first top end of the table visitors to the Riverside of this Aitor Karanka Premier era on Sunday. It is going to be a red and white hot atmosphere in the completely sold out ....


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Can Boro Burst Man City’s 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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