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As Middlesbrough prepare for life in the Premier League, manager Aitor Karanka, has wasted no time delving in to the transfer market.
Saturday lunchtime at the Riverside Stadium usually appears as a rather pleasant place to be on the last weekend of the season after often having very little to play for, however this time round we are expecting the polar opposite.
Boro host Brighton Hove Albion at the Riverside and should they avoid defeat it will see them promoted back to the Premier League.
The Championship play-off final is widely billed as being the most lucrative football match in the world, with the winners reaching the promised land of the Premier League and a £100 million bounty to boot.
Boro travel to St Andrew's tomorrow night and a win could see them with one foot in the Premier League.
Aitor Karanka has praised Gaston Ramirez after his performance in Boro’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield.
After a topsy-turvy campaign, Stewart Downing made a huge impact on his return to the Middlesbrough starting line-up in their recent 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
The gold road’s sure a long road, winds on through the hills for fifteen days.
It’s that time of the season where clichés are simply unavoidable. Crunch time, squeaky bum time, the final furlong and many more phrases will be coined as we approach the final nine games to see who can hold their nerve and reach the lucrative land of the Premier league.
With the pleasant distraction of an entertaining England performance against Germany now out of the way, it is that time when the Boro faithful start to get that all too familiar gut-wrenching feeling as we anticipate a return to league action.