Will Middlesbrough reach the play-offs?

Tony Pulis manager of Middlesbrough during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.

Tony Pulis has made a steady start to life on Teeside.

Tony Pulis manager of Middlesbrough during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.

Tony Pulis has claimed back-to-back wins at Middlesbrough since he lost his first game in charge at home to Aston Villa. 

The Welshman has overseen a league victory away at Preston North End and a home win over Sunderland in the FA Cup third round and looks to have settled in well at the Riverside. 

Boro are eighth and are only two points off the play-offs and they could climb into the top six if they beat Fulham on Saturday. 

Tony Pulis (L) manager of Middlesbrough during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Middlesbrough,...

The Teesiders should go into that game full of confidence after their previous two results and, should they win and climb into the top six, Pulis will have something to hold on to and defend and that is something the pragmatic coach is very good at. 

With the budget Boro have, it is likely they will add to their squad in the transfer window, so now would be a good time for them to overtake Sheffield United and Leeds United. 

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The form of the clubs above them is currently working in Middlesbrough's favour. The Blades have won just one of their last nine games while Leeds have not won any of their last three games, which included their embarrassing defeat to League Two Newport County in the FA Cup. 

Pulis will want to pounce quickly on those clubs, so the next two or three games could be pivotal in Boro's season. Their longest winning sequence of the season is three games and the former West Bromwich Albion boss can equal that four games in.

That then would bring momentum and a Boro side with their tails up will strike fear into the rest of the league, so with all that taken into account, Boro are surely a shoo-in to finish in the top six now. 

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