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Can Boro Make It Two In A Row?

Boro head down to Aston Villa looking to back up Saturday’s win with another 3 points on the road. After enduring over 12 months without an away win is it being greedy to ask for a second, just days after the Bolton win? Not a bit of it. A win tonight and we are right in the thick of the promotion mix. Kick off 7.45pm, Villa Park and there are tickets on the turnstile. Garry Monk has been asking for more from his team and underlining that it is all about the team not the individual. ....


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Boro Can Return To Winning Ways At Bolton?

Boro travel to Bolton tomorrow hoping to bury recent bad results and return to winning ways again at the home of the Wanderers. Can we make it a winning restart after the international break? 3pm kick off. Boro travel to the stadium formerly known as the Reebok to take on a Bolton side struggling to come to terms with Championship. The newly promoted side have still to register a win but are hampered by a very restrictive transfer embargo. Former Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson was ....


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Boro Can Punish Preston

Can Boro get back to winning ways in the League when we meet and hopefully beat Preston North End at the Riverside tomorrow? So far it has been a 100% record at home, let’s keep it rolling on. Kick off 3pm. Preston are 1 point and 2 places ahead of us in the League at present, although the table doesn’t really have much meaning until the end of the first month. So that will be after this weekend’s fixture then. Martin Braithwaite could be available again for the first time ....


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Are We Up For The Cup?

… Well, are we? Or is the second round of the Carabao Cup the last thing on anyone’s list of priorities this Tuesday? Any Boro game is not to be missed. A cup run to who knows where starts tonight when Boro take on Scunthorpe United at the Riverside. 7.45pm kick off. It’s the start of Boro’s League Cup campaign tonight, after our bye in the First Round. Or should that be EFL Cup, or Carabao Cup? What is in a name? A lot of sponsorship money and 4.15 am draws in China ....


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Can Boro Pull Up Tricky Trees?

Can Boro keep up the momentum going away at Nottingham Forest? It is always a tricky fixture and Forest has started strongly at home. Can we make it our first away success tomorrow (Saturday) 3pm kick off? Boro is a “work in progress” according to manager Garry Monk. But we could definitely see signs of progression this week as the team kicked on from the 1-0 win over Sheffield United to a comfortable 2-0 success against Burton. Forest will provide far tougher opposition. The ....


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Can Boro Send Albion For A Burton?

Boro aim to make it two home wins in a row and propel ourselves into the business end of the EFL Championship when we take on Burton Albion tonight at the Riverside, kick off 7.45pm. Amazingly it is the first time we have ever met in the league, even though we seem to have made a habit of playing in the cups over recent seasons. Both teams have chalked up cup wins from tight, competitive games. Can we build on that first half performance against the Blades and bury our second half and really ....


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Boro Can Stop Sheffield United In Their Tracks

The long awaited first home league game for Garry Monk’s new Middlesbrough when we take on promoted Sheffield United. We will have to wait a little longer though for this tea time kick off down by the Riverside. 5.30pm Kick Off.  Come On Boro. Boro have a great opportunity to bounce back from the opening day defeat at Wolves last weekend when we take on the Yorkshire Blades. The match is closely followed on by a home game with Burton Albion on Tuesday so a great chance to really get ....


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Boro Look For Golden Opener

Boro kick off back in the Championship tomorrow against another big spending club with lofty ambitions in Wolves, will be dancing at.. Molineux tomorrow night? Kick off Saturday, 3pm. New Boro manager Garry Monk described the Championship as “the most difficult league in the world.” He should know only too well having battled Leeds United to the verge of the play offs last season and you can well imagine there were also a lot of battles off the field at Massimo’s Elland ....


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Boro In Spotland

Boro fans are heading west to Spotland, Rochdale today as the club welcomes another top-flight addition to the squad. Irish international stopper Darren Randolph has finally been secured from West Ham. Meanwhile, Stuani has gone the other way as Garry Monk’s new look Boro really starts to shape up for the Premier promotion push ahead. Darren Randolph represents excellent business for Boro. The Irish international forced his way into first team for the Hammers last season but now has his ....


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Boro V The Stags

Boro begin their UK friendly games v Mansfield Town away tonight at Field Mill, kick off 7.30pm kick-off. You can pay at the gate, £12 adult/£6 concessions. It feels like the season is a whole lot closer now as new manager Garry Monk follows up after the two Portugal games against Oxford United and Chesterfield and with a game in the East Midlands. Mansfield Town play three home games this week, having lost narrowly on Saturday to a Boro promotion rival, Sheff Wed 3-2. ....


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Boro Play For Tees Pride At Liverpool

  Boro play out one final Premier fixture away at Anfield on Sunday. We have nothing to play for but pride whereas a Liverpool win guarantees Championship football next season. Have we got anything more to give or will it be a final damp squib to match the Stamford Bridge too far? Kick off Sunday 3pm. There will be a great deal of attention on Anfield this Sunday. The only thing left to be settled in the top flight is which team grabs that final Champions League place. Liverpool hold ....


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Boro Looking To Take Points From The Bridge

Boro now face a near mission impossible as our Premier survival is taken to the Bridge against title chasing Chelsea. Monday night 8pm kick off in a game that Boro simply cannot afford to lose. It was all going better than could reasonably be expected on Saturday. Catching Crystal Palace may not be feasible for Boro but it is always pleasant watching Fat Sam getting turn over and Man City certainly took his not so super Eagles to the cleaners. Then for the games that really mattered and quite ....


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Can Boro Shock City?

  Can Middlesbrough somehow bring down City and record back to back wins for the first time this season? It is a big, big ask but with matches rapidly running out in our top flight campaign it is a chance to leave some kind of mark behind. Middesbrough take on Pep\'s Man City kick off at the unusual time of 2.05pm at the Riverside Sunday. Boro will be again without the injured Victor Valdez and skipper Grant Leadbitter. Centre back Daniel Ayala\'s twisted ankle makes him another ....


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Preview: Middlesbrough V Sunderland

Well a lot has changed since my last post in mid-January. Boro are 19th, 4 months without a win and our manager has left by mutual consent. To be honest I was gutted when Karanka left, he’s provided some fantastic moments for our club and I’ll always respect him for getting Boro promoted in his second full season. But I can also see how his time was finally up, we were struggling to score goals and weren’t winning any games. Ey, getting rid of Karanka has proper helped ....


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A Long Way To Bournemouth

  Boro fans make the long trek down to the south coast to play our former Championship adversaries AFC Bournemouth. Can we possibly pull something out of the relegation fires and record a first league win of 2017 and under Steve Agnew\'s stewardship? We will have to do it without injured skipper Grant Leadbitter and goalkeeper Victor Valdez. Yet you wonder if we feel encouraged by the much improved performances of late. We certainly competed well against Arsenal. Can we summon the ....


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Boro V Burnley: This Time It\'s Personal

  Boro take on Burnley today at the Riverside. Whatever the consequences of the last week of matches it would gives us all so much pleasure to beat Sean Dyche and Joey Barton and all that. Kick off 3pm at the Riverside. We have built up a real rivalry with Sean Dyche and Burnley over the last couple of years. So many “choice” comments have been made in our direction by Dyche and his rambling, gambling man, Barton. Now we have to concentrate on finishing the season aligned ....


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Must Win: Can Win: Will Win

As Boro’s season reaches a crunch game I have immersed myself in a sea of positivity and am setting out to Hull with my sights firmly set on a Boro victory. My way of psyching myself up for one last big effort to bring us that victory that could yet change our destiny. Kick Off 7.45pm. It is maybe a slim chance right now but what a difference a win would make in Hull. A difference to both us and obviously to our opponents too. It gives us just a little hope. For Hull it cracks their home ....


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Boro Can Shock Swansea

  Nerves are a jangling this weekend, as Boro face the acid test for top flight safety. Can Boro defeat relegation rivals Swansea to set Steve Agnew\'s Premier escape plan rolling? It could well be that nothing less than a victory in South Wales will be good enough to set us on a path away from destruction. Be there, live at the Liberty, if you can stand it. Sunday, 1.30pm kick off. Steve Agnew has had a little time now to work with his troops ahead of the first of two MASSIVE games ....


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Agnew\'s United Opportunity

  Can Boro record a big result and significant performance v Man United on Sunday? It will be high noon for new caretaker boss Steve Agnew when we go head to head with Jose Mourinho\'s Man United at the Riverside. Yet with several high profile absentees in the United ranks there could be a glimmer of an opportunity for the man in the hot seat to make an immediate mark. Points against Man U could be the start of a Premier survival plan. As unlikely as survival now seems the very least ....


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Up For The Cup Quarter Final

Time to pack up all our Premier troubles and throw ourselves into the great adventure that is the FA Cup. Tomorrow it is one of the traditional big occasions in the football calendar, the FA Cup Quarter Finals and Boro are just one match away from Wembley. We have formidable opponents in Man City but anything can happen on the day. Can we be their nemesis yet again? Boro have made a habit of giant killing Man City. You might say that this season is different as we are playing so badly and ....


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Can We Pot Some Points At The Potters?

  Boro\'s need is great now we need to get a result this weekend. A draw would be a foundation but really results elsewhere mean that a victory is what is called for now. No easy task anywhere in the Premier but we need to fight tooth and nail now to start in the top flight. It is a long time since Boro last played in Stoke and it has never proved to be an easy destination. A loud, hostile crowd, makes the stadium on the top of the hill something of a cauldron of noise. Yet Stoke have ....


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Boro\'s Crunch Date At The Palace

  Boro take on Crystal Palace in a crucial relegation battle at Selhurst Park. While it won\'t decide anything if Boro could possibly inflict another defeat on the not so super Eagles it would give us massive hope and leave them floundering. Come On Boro. Kick off Saturday 3pm. Boro have still only managed the one away win on our Premier travels how timely it would be to double that this weekend. We should not forget that victory was against Sunderland and we have performed well so ....


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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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