Ian Holloway says Middlesbrough will win the Championship

Middlesbrough, Derby County, Hull City and Burnley will all have hopes of making it into the Championship play-offs.

Ian Holloway has told Sky Sports, during their coverage of Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds, that Middlesbrough will win the Championship this season.

Boro are currently two points clear at the top of the league, and they have a game in hand on all their nearest rivals.

The likes of Derby County, Hull City and Burnley are all chasing down Boro, but they are some way back at the moment. 

Aitor Karanka’s men have been the standout team in England’s second tier throughout the season so far, and Holloway predicts that they will cruise to the title.

"The most impressive thing is their team co-ordination," Holloway said. "They don’t let goals in at the back, so they don’t have to score that many. It’s fantastic what they’re putting together. I think they are going to run away with it."

Middlesbrough have built the foundations of their success upon the strength of their backline.

Boro have, rather remarkably, let in just 13 goals in the 26 Championship matches they have played so far.

Middlesbrough did lost their last match against relegation threatened Bristol City though, which shows that they are not home and dry just yet.

Middlesbrough’s next match comes against Nottingham Forest at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

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