With just 11 games left to play in the EFL Championship, Middlesbrough sit in 6th position in the table. But there are still hurdles ahead for the Teessiders. Here are five key fixtures for Middlesbrough from now until the end of the season.
1. Brentford (A) – 17th March
Middlesbrough face Brentford at Griffin Park in a few weeks time, in what is looking like an important game for both sides. Brentford sit 10th in the table but are just five points outside of the Play-Off places.
Brentford have performed well against the top teams in this division, beating the likes of Wolves, Preston, Fulham and Aston Villa. This will be a tough ask for Middlesbrough, who must avoid defeat to try to cement their place in the top six.
2. Wolves (H) – 31st March
The “runaway leaders” don’t look so comfortable anymore. Their run of form in recent weeks has saw their grip on the title slip ever so slightly, and they have only won three of their last ten in all competitions.
Middlesbrough’s opening game of the season saw them face Wolves at Molineux, and it was defensive mistakes that cost them. Since Pulis’ arrival, Boro look more assured and composed at the back and could hurt Wolves going forwards with the in-form duo of Adama Traore and Patrick Bamford.