Leeds United vs. Middlesbrough: Championship – Match Preview

The two early pacesetters in the Championship meet on Friday evening as Leeds United host Middlesbrough.

Marcelo Bielsa has made an excellent start to life at Elland Road and they lead the Championship after five matches.

Leeds eased to a 3-0 win away at Norwich City last time out, with Pablo Hernandez among the scorers.

Middlesbrough are level on points with Leeds United, having edged past West Brom last weekend.

Daniel Ayala’s added time winner was the difference in a very even fixture.

Championship form: Leeds United W4 D1 L0; Middlesbrough W4 D1 L0
Championship top scorers
Leeds United –  Kemar Roofe 4 goals
Middlesbrough – Martin Braithwaite 3 goals

Match history
Both sides won the home fixtures last term, with Leeds recording a narrow 2-1 success at Elland Road.

Leeds have a decent record versus Boro, having won six of the last 11 league meetings.

Last five Championship meetings
Middlesbrough 3 Leeds United 0 – 02/03/18
Leeds United 2 Middlesbrough 1 – 19/11/17
Leeds United 0 Middlesbrough 0 – 15/02/16
Middlesbrough 3 Leeds United 0 – 27/09/15
Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 1 – 21/02/15

Middlesbrough DC – 7/10 with Bet 365

Team news
Liam Cooper remains an injury doubt meaning Pontus Jansson could remain in the XI.

Pablo Hernandez should overcome a minor injury, meaning Patrick Bamford will remain a substitute against his former side.

Martin Braithwaite has reportedly asked to leave the club, meaning their top scorer is unlikely to feature here.

Jordan Hugill is favourite to take his spot in the XI, however Stewart Downing could also start.

Expected starting XI’s
Leeds United (4-3-3): Peacock-Farrell; Ayling, Berardi, Jansson, Douglas; Phillips, Saiz, Klich; Hernandez, Roofe, Alioski
Middlesbrough (3-5-2): Randolph; Flint, Fry, Ayala; Shotton, Clayton, Besic, Howson, Friend; Assombalonga, Hugill

Predictions

Result: Middlesbrough (5/2 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-2 (11/1 with Betfair)

Anytime Goalscorer: Britt Assombalonga (11/5 with Betfred)

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