Games in the Championship don't come much bigger than Tuesday's meeting with Burnley and Boro Head Coach Aitor Karanka insists his players are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Turf Moor.

The two sides will lock horns on Tuesday (7:45pm) in what is a crucial clash in the promotion race, with just two points separating Boro in top spot from Burnley in second.

Boro have won the last six games, while Burnley are unbeaten in 14 and Karanka is calling for his players to draw on the same spirit that has carried them all the way to the league summit of late.

"It's a big game, especially because they're one of our direct rivals (for promotion)," said the Head Coach. 

"We have to know that we're going into this game in a really good position. Burnley were in the Premier League last season with the same team. 

"They have players coming from the Premier League and players coming from the Championship for big money but we're still above them. 

"That means we're doing a really good job and I want to give all the credit to my players."

With just four games to go, excitement is building on Teesside and Karanka says it's his job to take the pressure off his players as the season reaches its boiling point.

"If I transmit the expectation to the players I'm going to be making a big mistake," he said. 

"It's impossible in this league to know what's going to happen in two or three weeks because in the two years I've been here I've learnt that anything can change in two days. 

"We just have to handle the following game and that's Burnley. It's a really important game but we're in a really good position. 

"I think maybe we have less pressure than them because they need to win. It's going to be difficult. 

"We have to handle the game well like we did with the last game against Bolton which was very tough. To play against the bottom team sometimes you think it's easy but it's more difficult. 

"When you have to win the game and your opponent has nothing to lose. But on Tuesday we don't need to motivate the players as they're going to be really motivated anyway. 

"The plan is to play in our style because when we do we win games. The best example is the last two games. 

"If we play in our style we are going to win games. Huddersfield, Preston and the others - we played in our style and won. The players are really confident and for that reason I'm calm."