IT promises to a tense night in the Championship promotion stakes in front of the Sky cameras at the Riverside Stadium on Friday evening, when faltering Yorkshire duo Middlesbrough and Hull City do battle.
Both are desperate to put some indifferent form behind them and avoid going into the two-week international hiatus with a debilitating result which will certainly linger for a while - and potentially inflict a psychological hammer blow to their promotion hopes in the process.
As meetings go, this particular get-together, which pits the North Riding against the East Riding, is arguably the biggest head-to-head between White Rose combatants this season.
What of the history between the pair? Well, in terms of league wins, Boro have the edge with 20 wins compared to Hull’s 17, with 12 draws, with the duo having also locked horns several times in cup competition over the years.
Here are FIVE famous meetings between the pair on Teesside to set the scene for a big night.
Middlesbrough 0 Hull City 2, January 4 2014, FA Cup.
A much-changed Tigers line-up started their road to Wembley with a comfortable victory at toothless Boro - thanks to goals either side of half-time from Aaron McLean and Nick Proschwitz.
It was a milestone win as Hull secured their first-ever triumph at the Riverside and maiden one on Teesside since being triumphant at the old Ayresome Park in March 1986.
It was only Hull’s second win by the Tees in 22 attempts since 1955
The Premier League side were in front when McLean reacted to David Meyler’s deflected shot to poke the ball past goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos - his first goal in 11 months.
Proschwitz then turned home his second goal of the season from inside the area.
Middlesbrough 1 Hull City 0, December 26, 2011.
Barry Robson’s late thunderbolt secured a dramatic late win for Tony Mowbray’s promotion-chasers in front of a big holiday crowd.
Robson’s 30-yard piledriver three minutes from time sealed a fourth straight win as Hull shipped their first goal in almost five and a half hours of football.
Boro were roared to victory by a bumper turn-out of 27,794 — their best crowd since dropping out of the Premier League in 2009.
Middlesbrough 2 Hull City 2, November 27, 2010.
The spoils were shared in an entertaining encounter amid a snowstorm at the arctic Riverside, which resembled Ice Station Zebra.
Struggling Boro showed spirit in the snowstorm to level twice with their goals arriving through Leroy Lita’s header just before the half an hour mark and Scott McDonald’s close-range header 29 seconds after half-time.
The visitors opened the scoring when Robert Koren’s shot squeezed in after a long punt from keeper Vito Mannone and after Lita restored parity, Anthony Gerrard headed in Koren’s free-kick before the break.
Middlesbrough 3 Hull City 1, April 11, 2009.
Relegation-haunted Boro claimed a huge survival win over fellow strugglers Hull, but the Teessiders were still destined for the drop - with this victory being their last in the top-flight.
Former Tigers striker Marlon King sealed the win late on after netting from the spot in the dying minutes in the reverse fixture for the East Yorkshire outfit at the KC Stadium.
Tuncay Sanli set the home side on their way when he slotted in after Hull keeper Matt Duke palmed a shot from Afonso Alves into his path.
Manucho levelled with a powerful header but Matthew Bates prodded in Tony McMahon’s corner to restore the lead.
David Wheater cleared a Manucho header off the line before King slotted in to secure Boro’s win.
Middlesbrough 4 Hull City 3, January 16, 2007. FA Cup.
A breathless seven-goal cup thriller saw the Teessiders edge home, despite the bravest of comebacks from the visitors.
Six goals were scored in a stunning second period, with the top-flight Boro just having enough in the tank to book their place in the next round of the competition.
Seb Hines fired Boro into the lead on his debut and Mark Viduka made it 2-0 after Yakubu’s shot hit the post.
Yakubu then scored a penalty after Stewart Downing was fouled to seemingly seal the win, but Hull had other ideas.
Andy Dawson pulled one back with header before Jon Parkin’s penalty - after Steve McPhee was fouled - made it 3-2.
Viduka then thundered in a right-foot shot, before Dawson struck again with a magnificent 30-yard free-kick that flew in off the bar, but Boro held on.