Middlesbrough v Leeds Betting Preview | Friday 2nd March
In our Middlesbrough v Leeds United betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head to head, popular bets and more for Friday’s Championship fixture.
Middlesbrough v Leeds United Championship Betting Preview
Venue: Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough welcome Leeds to the Riverside on Friday night with both sides looking to improve their play-off chances.
Middlesbrough are in eighth position in the table and a win against Leeds will move them into the play-off spots for 24 hours at least, while a victory for Leeds would move them level on points with Boro.
New Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom earned his first win as manager last weekend against Brentford as the the Whites earned their first victory of 2018.
Middlesbrough have been surprisingly inconsistent since Tony Pulis took charge of the club and they’ve drawn two, lost two and won two of their last six fixtures
The last time these two sides met it ended in a 2-1 win for Leeds back in November with both sides then under former managers in the shape of Thomas Christiansen and Garry Monk.
Leeds have the better of it against Middlesbrough in the recent head-to-head record with Leeds winning three of the last six meetings and Boro coming out on top in just one of those six encounters.
It should be a tight encounter at the Riverside with Middlesbrough having only beaten one top half side at home so far this season, while Leeds are without a win in their last six matches away from Elland Road.
Middlesbrough are able to call upon the services of Adama Traore after the club successfully appealed against his red card against Sunderland last weekend.
Striker Rudy Gestede is out for the rest of season after suffering an ankle injury in the win over Hull last month, meaning Britt Assombalonga is set to lead the attack, while Fabio da Silva is again likely to miss out.
Grant Leadbitter is doubtful with a knock with former Leeds man Jonny Howson on standby to replace him in midfield.
Leeds are still without long-term absentee Luke Ayling who underwent ankle surgery in January.
Former Boro midfielder Adam Forshaw is available to face his old club having missed last weekend’s victory over Brentford after his wife went into labour, while Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe are also in contention following knocks.
However, Paul Heckingbottom could stick with the same side that overcame Brentford by naming an unchanged side for the trip to Teesside.
Potential Middlesbrough Starting XI: Middlesbrough 4-2-3-1 formation: Randolph, Shotton, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Besic, Leadbitter, Traore, Downing, Bamford, Assombalonga
Potential Leeds United Starting XI: Leeds United 4-2-3-1 formation: Wiedwald, Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, Anita, O Kane, Phillips, Dallas, Saiz, Alioski, Lasogga
Stats & Facts
- Boro have won just one of the last six meetings. Leeds have won three of those games.
- Boro have kept just one clean sheet in five home league games under Tony Pulis.
- Both these sides were under different managers when they met in November.
Head To Head
- Middlesbrough wins 31, Leeds wins 38, draws 27
- Middlesbrough 23/25
- Draw 12/5
- Leeds United 21/5
- Draw 12/5
- Both teams to score: 11/10
- Bamford ATS 2/1