BORO FACTBOXStar Man: Stewart Downing
Outstanding campaign last time around and the Teessider will be crucial to any success for Boro this season.
One to Watch: Afonso Alves
Club record signing who shone at the end of last season and he could set the league alight with his clinical finishing.
Manager: Gareth Southgate
Coming to terms with management and big things are now expected of the Boro boss.
INS: Marvin Emnes (Sparta Rotterdam), Didier Digard (PSG)
OUTS: Lee Cattermole (Wigan), George Boateng (Hull City), Lee Dong-Gook (Released), Mark Schwarzer (Fulham), Steve Thompson (Port Vale), Fabio Rochemback (Sporting), Gaizka Mendieta (Released)
Best signing: Didier Digard
Sky Bet Odds: 1,500-1
Likely top scorer: Afonso Alves
Possible best XI (Turnbull; McMahon, Wheater, Huth, Pogatetz; O'Neil, Digard, Arca, Downing, Alves, Mido)
Predicted finish: 12th