Hull will travel Middlesbrough looking to surpass the third round were in the last few years has been a barrier for further success in the competition. The away form of the Tigers doesn’t exactly help this as the Tigers have only won one game away from the KC Stadium this season coming at Newcastle way back in September.
The Tigers will have renewed confidence after a spirited performance at Liverpool and a comprehensive thrashing of Fulham. Hull will look to rest key personal and draft in some of the fringe players as they look to freshen their squad after a hectic Christmas period. Players such as Liam Rosenior, George Boyd, Gedo and Matty Fryatt amongst others will hope to put in a solid performance and show Steve Bruce what they can add to the squad.
Hull’s opponents Middlesbrough will offer a challenge to the Tiger’s ranks. After the appointment of Spaniard Aitor Karanka, he has completely rejuvenated the Middlesbrough side and turned their fortunes around. After the former Real Madrid assistant took over the reigns at the Riverside, he only won one of his first five but after a bit of a blip they are currently unbeaten in their last four.
Middlesbrough currently lie only six points off the Championship play off’s in 15th place. The last time these two sides met in the FA Cup was 2006, the first game was 1-1 draw at the KC but in the replay Middlesbrough were named victors after a 4-3 win over the Tigers.