No wins in their last five games have severely dented Boro’s playoff hopes as Chris Wilder’s side find themselves five points outside of the top-six spots with just three games to go.
However, Boro have a game in-hand over the sides above them and victory over Cardiff City would move them into 7th place with games against Stoke City and Preston North End to come.
It may seem doom-and-gloom around the Riverside right now, however, they do still have hope of finishing the season in the top-six and as we all know, anything can happen in the end of season lottery that is the playoffs.
But how likely are Middlesbrough to make the top-six? Here, using data provided by FiveThirtyEight, we look at how the ‘data experts’ predict the Championship table will look like when the season concludes on 7 May.