Middlesbrough suffered the heartbreak of losing in the play-off final at the end of the 2014/15 season, with Aitor Karanka’s men losing their place in the Premier League to Norwich City.
They will be looking to go one better next season, with Aitor Karanka set to improve his squad to ensure they can bridge the gap to the top flight. Patrick Bamford is likely to not return on his loan deal from Chelsea, and finding a consistent goalscorer will be Karanka’s biggest task in the transfer window.
Defending was one of the Teesside outfit’s strengths during the 2014/15 season, and if they are to keep their promotion chances - in the hope of maybe even winning the division - the Spanish coach will be looking to utilise his team in much the same way as he did last term.
The new season promises to be an exciting one, and with the Championship season just over a month away, we take a look at Middlesbrough’s full 2015/16 fixtures.
Sat 8 (3pm) Preston North End (a)
Sat 15 (3pm) Bolton Wanderers (h)
Tues 18 (7.45pm) Derby County (a)
Sat 22 (3pm) Bristol City (h)
Sat 29 (3pm) Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Sat 12 (3pm) Milton Keynes Dons (h)
Tues 15 (7.45pm) Brentford (h)
Sat 19 (3pm) Nottingham Forest (a)
Sat 26 (3pm) Leeds United (h)
Sat 3 (3pm) Reading (a)
Sat 17 (3pm) Fulham (h)
Tues 20 (7.45pm) Cardiff City (a)
Sat 24 (3pm) Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Sat 31 (3pm) Charlton (h)
Tues 3 (7.45pm) Rotherham United (h)
Sat 7 (3pm) Hull City (a)
Sat 21 (3pm) Queens Park Rangers (h)
Sat 28 (3pm) Huddersfield Town (a)
Sat 5 (3pm) Ipswich Town (a)
Sat 12 (3pm) Birmingham City (h)
Tues 15 (7.45pm) Burnley (h)
Sat 19 (3pm) Brighton (a)
Sat 26 (3pm) Blackburn Rovers (a)
Mon 28 (3pm) Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Sat 2 (3pm) Derby County (h)
Tues 12 (7.45pm) Brentford (a)
Sat 16 (3pm) Bristol City (a)
Sat 23 (3pm) Nottingham Forest (h)
Sat 30 (3pm) Milton Keynes Dons (a)
Sat 6 (3pm) Blackburn Rovers (h)
Sat 13 (3pm) Leeds United (a)
Sat 20 (3pm) Reading (h)
Tues 23 (7.45pm) Cardiff City (h)
Sat 27 (3pm) Fulham (a)
Sat 5 (3pm) Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
Tues 8 (7.45pm) Rotherham United (a)
Sat 12 (3pm) Charlton Athletic (a)
Sat 19 (3pm) Hull City (h)
Sat 2 (3pm) Queens Park Rangers (a)
Tues 5 (7.45pm) Huddersfield Town (h)
Sat 9 (3pm) Preston North End (h)
Sat 16 (3pm) Bolton Wanderers (a)
Tues 19 (7.45pm) Burnley (a)
Sat 23 (3pm) Ipswich Town (h)
Sat 30 (3pm) Birmingham City (a)
Sat 7 (12.30pm) Brighton (h)
Boro start their season with a trip to newly promoted Preston on August 8, looking to get the campaign off to a positive start.
The Christmas period could be tricky for Karanka's men, with a tough run of fixtures against the likes of Derby, Brentford, Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday, which could see them struggle to retain a promotion push, especially with a host of their opponents likely to be fighting at the top end of the table as well.
As the season draws to a close, the Teesside outfit take on Ipswich and Birmingham City, before finishing their season with home tie against Brighton.