Leeds United vs Middlesbrough
English League Championship
Date: Friday, 31st August 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Elland Road (Leeds).
What a way to open round 6 of the EFL Championship action this weekend. The Friday game offers us a direct confrontation for the top place as Leeds United and Middlesbrough are 3 points clear at the top. To spice things up the sides are fierce rivals.
All Leeds fans are hoping that this will be their final year of exile in the EFL Championship. The team plays well and looks capable of mounting a direct promotion challenge.
Marcelo Bielsa style is already producing some good results and the team has scored most goals in the league – 2.8 goals on average per game.
Midweek United lost to Preston in the Carabao Cup but considering the importance of the Friday fixture and the team goals that’s not really a disappointment.
Last EFL Championship round though the team showed something different. They went into the pink visitors’ dressing room of Norwich and defeated their hosts with 3 goals.
Middlesbrough are second to Leeds in the league only on goal difference. The team may not score as many goals as their opponents but Tony Pulis’ boys have exactly the opposite – formidable defensive line. The team has conceded just 2 goals in their opening 5 fixtures which is by far the best record in the league.
Middlesbrough defeated Rochdale midweek in the Carabao Cup with 2-1. Most of the key players were rested for this game so there shouldn’t be any tired legs against Leeds. In the league though they took a vital and dramatic victory.
In a boring game against another rivals for promotion WBA defender Daniel Ayala managed to score minutes before the final whistle bringing the points home.
Leeds vs Middlesbrough: Head-to-head
- Leeds have scored at least 2 goals in all 5 of their league games this season
- Leeds has 1 defeat in their last 9 games in all competitions
- Boro are unbeaten in 8 games in all competitions
- Boro have kept 4 consecutive clean sheets
- Last season each team won its home game – 2-1 at Elland Road and 3-0 at Riverside
- Leeds is unbeaten in 5 games at home against Middlesbrough winning 4 of them
Leeds vs Middlesbrough: Predictions
This is an interesting encounter. Flowing attacking football meets some pragmatism. Middlesbrough are formidable opponent but they may concede on Friday for the first time in 5 games.
Leeds are looking sharp and creative up front and should find a way into the net. The home side has some slight advantage in what should be a lively encounter.
Leeds vs Middlesbrough: Bet Tips
Leeds 0.0 AH at 5/8 (1.63)
BTTS: Yes at 8/11 (1.73).