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Getting To Know Middlesbrough

9 January 2014

A look at Saturday's opposition

On Saturday Blackpool host in form Middlesbrough to Bloomfield Road, and under Aitor Karanka the Teesside club are playing attractive football, so will provide tough opposition.

Now we take a look at the opposition ahead of Saturday's game.

How they’re getting on…

A healthy Christmas period has resurrected Middlesbrough’s promotion hopes. Although they remain in the bottom half of the table, Karanka’s men sit just six points off the play-offs.

The defeat to Hull in the FA Cup will mean they can focus on the league, where they are now unbeaten in four.

It took a last minute goal at Bolton to deny The Teessiders four wins from four, but victories over Millwall, Burnley and Reading mean Boro are in form goings into Saturday.

Man in charge…

It has taken a while, but Aitor Karanka is now getting the results Middlesbrough wanted following his appointment in November.

Having played for the likes of Real Madrid and Athletico Bilbao, Karanka naturally has Boro playing well, and the results have followed.

Having been assistant at The Bernabeu, this is now Karanka’s chance to make his own stamp on a team.

Key man…

After impressing during three seasons at Bristol City, Albert Adomah is now the main man at Middlesbrough.

Having moved to The Riverside for an undisclosed fee, Adomah now has nine goals to his name this campaign, and will provide Boro’s threat down the wing.

How they travel…

Away form is certainly an area Middlesbrough need to improve on, having won just twice away from home so far this season.

They’d gone four months without an away victory before the 2-0 success at Millwall just before Christmas, but that was followed up with a draw at Bolton.

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