Boro's Under-23s head to Norwich City on Friday knowing that victory will take them top of the PL2 Division 2 table.
Graeme Lee's side kick-off at 1pm at the Lotus Training Centre with eyes on a win that will see them leapfrog the Canaries to the summit in the standings.
The Boro youngsters are in good form, having put a late defeat at Leeds United behind them with 6-0 and 3-0 successes since, over Sunderland and Burnley.
That means the Teessiders have scored more than any other side in the division, while a meagre three goals conceded is also the best defensive record.
Norwich, meanwhile, have won four from six but also lost to third-placed Leeds last time out.