With just seven games remaining, including a home clash against one
of their major rivals, Wolves, Boro were on the crest of a wave and had every reason to fancy their chances.
Of course Shorts have no designs on the Irish Cup, even if the prospect of a big fifth round clash against one
of the Irish League big guns is a tantalising one.
EVERTON have been handed some positive news in advance of their first clash against one
of the Premier League big guns as it emerged Manchester City will be without star man Kevin De Bruyne.
But they were out in force for a clash against one
of our big rivals and it felt great to send them home happy.
BEING three up inside 24 minutes in any game, let alone a difficult away clash against one
of the promotion favourites, is uncharted territory for Coventry City fans in recent years.
The Hoops clinched their spot in the knockout phase of the competition on Thursday and with Everton and Tottenham also moving to the next stage, Deila's team could face a clash against one
of the English clubs in February.
30pm, as diligently as they would for a clash against one
of football's heavyweights.
However, having qualified as runners-up in Group D, City face a daunting two-legged clash against one
of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain, Borussia Dortmund or Atletico Madrid next year, the report added.
With their two Grand Slam meetings this year both timed at just short of five hours, Murray expected another gruelling clash against one
of the few players who can match his stamina and defensive skills.
Mason's goal has set Cardiff up for a possible quarter-final clash against one
of the Premier League's giants with six of the Carling Cup's last eight coming from the top flight.
So they are stepping up in class too and Weiss, who scored his nation's first goal after independence, will be pressing upon them the need to get three points from this clash against one
of the competition's undoubted minnows.
He will be keen to make the team for Crusaders first game of the season, a home clash against one
of his former clubs, Leeds Rhinos at the Racecourse in Wrexham on Friday, January 29 (8pm).
But it was not enough to stop a Newcastle side which will now be aiming to secure home advantage in the quarterfinals, and a potentially mouth-watering clash against one
of the Heineken Cup giants in early April.
Dave Weston is also expected to feature, having missed the league clash against one
of his former clubs, and his big-match experience could be vital to Barkisland's chances, particularly since they have a predominantly young and inexperienced side.
That doesn't meant, however, they are not aware of the challenges ahead which continues today a clash against one
of his former clubs, Redditch United.