Karanka reveals double target

17 February 2017 07:32:43 EST

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka sees no reason why his side cannot challenge for FA Cup glory and stay in the Premier League this season.

The Teessiders play host to Oxford United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, with Boro currently two points above the relegation places in the league following a run of eight games without a win.

We just have to be positive, to dream if we can dream.

Aitor Karanka

And, despite their recent struggles, Karanka says he is content with the way things have gone so far this season and is upbeat for the final three months of the campaign.

He told reporters: "It's impossible to win two titles, but why can't we win a title (FA Cup) and stay in the Premier League?

"We just have to be positive, to dream if we can dream, especially about a title knowing that the first aim is to survive and to stay in the Premier League.

"If someone had asked us if we would have signed up to be in this position in pre-season, I think everybody would have signed.

"To be outside the relegation positions, in this round of the cup and especially showing the performances that we are showing every single game, you have to be positive."

Boro have not met Oxford since the 1997-98 season, when the Teessiders won both games in what is now the Championship by a 4-1 scoreline.

Middlesbrough are 4/6 to defeat Oxford in normal time and are 6/1 to claim a 2-0 victory in 90 minutes.

They can be backed at 1212/1 to win the FA Cup for the first time in their history, having lost 2-0 to Chelsea in their only appearance in the final in 1997.

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