Ahead of Saturday's journey to South Wales, here we take a look at six memorable Boro goals against the Bluebirds in recent years.
Kike Garcia was the last Boro player to score away at Cardiff, in the early stages of the 2014/15 season. After great work from first Adam Clayton then Albert Adomah to launch a quick counter-attack, the Spaniard swept home what proved to be the only goal of the game inside two minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium.
He’s now officially a Cardiff player (on loan at Aitor Karanka’s Nottingham Forest), but Lee Tomlin was wearing the Boro red when the sides met in 2015. The forward was on the scoresheet alongside Patrick Bamford in a 2-1 win which lifted us into the Championship’s automatic promotion spots.
Sammy Ameobi made it a debut to remember when he curled home our winner against The Bluebirds in March 2013, becoming a record 20th different league goalscorer in a single Boro season.
Kieron Dyer had edged us in front – his first in six years - against Malky Mackay’s league leaders following great work from Ishmael Miller, then gangly winger Ameobi showed sublime footwork in the opposition penalty area to escape two defenders and slam in a second.
Aron Gunnarsson brought Cardiff back into the contest, but Boro held on for a memorable win, a first of the calendar year, undoubtedly the high point of Ameobi’s short stay with the club. The loan man who would go on to also feature for Cardiff on a temporary basis before eventually settling at current club Bolton Wanderers.
It was an emotional night when Cardiff visited Teesside in February 2016, as the Riverside paid tribute to the late Ali Brownlee.
After an early screamer from future Boro man Fabio da Silva put The Bluebirds in front, Matthew Connolly scored an unfortunate own goal to level things up, and goals from Gaston Ramirez and David Nugent wrapped up the points for the home side.
Boro pulled off a shock and comprehensive victory in South Wales during the late knockings of the 2010/11 campaign to end Cardiff’s automatic promotion hopes.
Goals from Leroy Lita, Barry Robson and Richie Smallwood put us out of sight within 22 minutes, and earned a first victory for the Teessiders there since 1970, inflicting one of just four home defeats for the Bluebirds that season.
Faris Haroun was the match-winner in another somewhat surprising triumph for Boro in the Welsh capital. Cardiff went into the fixture 11 games unbeaten, and had led 2-1 with goals from Gunnarsson and Ben Turner overturning Bart Ogbeche’s deflected opener.
But Scott McDonald side-footed home the leveller before Haroun ghosted between two defenders to latch onto Julio Arca’s lofted pass and tuck in through the legs of keeper David Marshall.