Aitor Karanka says there will be more pressure on Boro's promotion rivals when the latest round of crucial Championship fixtures get underway on Tuesday evening.

Play-Off chasing Wolves are at the Riverside while Norwich City head for Leeds and Bournemouth travel to Reading. Watford don't play until Wednesday, when they face a potentially tricky trip to Nottingham Forest.

As it stands, Bournemouth hold top spot, and are being tipped as favourites for promotion, while Norwich and Watford are a point behind, the Canaries holding second spot on goal difference. Boro are a further point behind in fourth, but results depending, could go to Norwich in pole position on Friday.

"I think everybody is expecting two of the top three to go up and now we're at the bottom of those positions in fourth place," said Karanka.

"I think it's better for us because we don't have that pressure. The pressure is on the other teams right now because they are in the higher positions.

"The next step for us is to win on Tuesday because then we think about Norwich, and a challenge for promotion. It's no good people talking about the Norwich game because if we don't win against Wolves it might not count as much."

It's turned into a remarkable race for promotion from the Championship and final day drama could be a distinct possibility with the top-four sides matching each other stride for stride.

Victory against Wolves will set up what could be billed as something of a promotion decider at Norwich on Friday, and the stage is set for a dramatic few days.

"It's an amazing week but it's been amazing for 10 months because this league is always the same," said Karanka.

"The best thing for me is that we are finishing the season in the highest position in the table so this season has been really good for everybody. I think this will be the highest since 2009.

"I don't think anybody at the beginning of the season expected Boro to be fighting with the top three at this moment and just two points below the top.

"We have to know how difficult this season has been for us, how good we are when we play our best and how capable we are of winning games.

"Now there are four to go and Tuesday is the first one."