Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson (left) and West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon battle for the ball.
Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson (left) and West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon battle for the ball. Mike Egerton

Boro refuses to give up hope in fight for EPL survival

FOOTBALL: It might appear to be a lost cause but Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson says he and his team are not giving up hope of English Premier League survival ahead of tonight's crucial home clash with Burnley.

The Teeside club is teetering in second-last place of the EPL, seven points adrift of 17th spot and safety from relegation.

There are eight games remaining but with clashes against Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool to come, Gibson knows Burnley is a must-win game, especially after the midweek 4-2 defeat at fellow struggler Hull City.

"It's about the team and we won't stop fighting," the 24-year-old defender said.

"There are eight games and 24 points still to fight for.

"It was a big blow at Hull, but we have to get on with it quickly.

"It's a massive game against Burnley now.

"We won't stop believing and won't stop fighting."

Tonight: Spurs v Watford, 10.30pm; West Ham v Swansea, Manchester City v Hull City, Middlesbrough v Burnley, Stoke City v Liverpool, West Brom v Liverpool, 1am; tomorrow: Bournemouth v Chelsea, 3.30am (times AEST)

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