Leeds United vs Middlesbrough Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Leeds United vs Middlesbrough Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Friday evening (19:45) fixture is live on Sky Sports and features the top two in the league table. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Leeds continued their unbeaten start to the league season with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Norwich at Carrow Road with a goal each from Pablo Hernandez, Egzjan Alioski and Mateusz Kilich. They did though go down to defeat in the League Cup in midweek losing 2-0 at home to Preston. Middlesbrough won their fourth successive league game last Friday night as a 90th-minute Daniel Ayala goal give them a 1-0 victory over West Brom. In the League Cup, they were at home to Rochdale and they won 2-1 with Marvin Johnson and Jordan Hugill getting the goals to see them through. In the two meetings between these sides last season the home sides came out on top with it ending 3-0 at the Riverside and 2-1 at Elland Road. Patrick Bamford got a hat-trick in one of those fixtures doing so for Middlesbrough but he now plays for Leeds.

Betting Tips and Predictions

It is hard to argue with the prices on offer here that has the home side has favourites but gives respect to the roadside. I think a draw is the more likely of the three options but I will look elsewhere for the value. Given the Teesiders have not conceded in four Leeds might have to wait for their breakthrough so back no early goal (which is set at 30:00) and that it will be all-square going to the interval.

NO goal before 30:00

Game to be level at half-time

Leeds United saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Middlesbrough have not conceded a goal in 60% of their last 10 games played

Middlesbrough have not conceded a goal in 60% of their last 10 games played against Leeds United

AVG Goals

2.4

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Leeds United Form Guide

Leeds United Team Logo

Leeds United

Won

6

Draw

3

Lost

1
W H

05-08-2018

Championship

Stoke City Team Logo Stoke City

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

11-08-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 2)

W H

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Bolton Wanderers Team Logo Bolton Wanderers

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

18-08-2018

Championship

Rotherham United Team Logo Rotherham United

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

21-08-2018

Championship

Swansea City Team Logo Swansea City

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

25-08-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

L H

28-08-2018

EFL Cup

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

D H

31-08-2018

Championship

Middlesbrough Team Logo Middlesbrough

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

15-09-2018

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

18-09-2018

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Middlesbrough Form Guide

Middlesbrough Team Logo

Middlesbrough

Won

7

Draw

2

Lost

1
D A

04-08-2018

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

07-08-2018

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W H

11-08-2018

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Notts County Team Logo Notts County

FT 7 - 6

(HT 2 - 2)

W A

18-08-2018

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

24-08-2018

Championship

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

28-08-2018

EFL Cup

Rochdale Team Logo Rochdale

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

31-08-2018

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

15-09-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

19-09-2018

Championship

Bolton Wanderers Team Logo Bolton Wanderers

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Leeds United Preview

The Whites have made an excellent start to the season winning four times and drawing one of their five played. They sit top of the table and goal-difference though the table suggests they should be down in sixth. At Elland Road, they have beaten Rotherham and Stoke in the league though they did lose to Preston here. They have bagged five league goals in front of their own fans and conceded just once. Kemar Roofe has netted four league goals this season while Pablo Hernandez, Egzjan Alioski and Mateusz Klich all have three each. No side has netted more goals in the division than Leeds with 14.

Leeds United Team News

Adam Forshaw (unknown), Stuart Dallas (thigh) and Liam Cooper (hamstring) are set to miss out.

Middlesbrough Preview

Boro have won four and draw one of their five fixtures so far and like their opponents here have 13 points. They sit second on goal-difference while the expected goals data table has them in fifth. Away from the Riverside Stadium, they have taken four points from this season and are unbeaten in five. In just one of their last nine on the road have they failed to find the back of the net. Martin Braithwaite has three goals from five in the Championship while Britt Assombalonga has netted twice. The Teessiders have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four and conceded just twice in total.

Middlesbrough Team News

Rudy Gestede (ankle) and Harry Chapman (dislocated shoulder) are set to miss out.

Leeds United Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Middlesbrough Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Leeds United vs Middlesbrough Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Bailey Peacock-Farrell 188 73
2 LB Luke Ayling 185 72
28 CD Gaetano Berardi 179 72
3 RB Barry Douglas 178 64
6 CD Liam Cooper 180 73
23 CDM Kalvin Phillips 177 72
14 CM Samuel Saiz 174 68
43 CM Mateusz Klich 180 67
22 LM Jack Harrison 175 70
10 RM Ezgjan Alioski 172 63
7 CF Kemar Roofe 178 71
No. Pos Player M kg
23 GK Darren Randolph 188 98
4 CD Daniel Ayala 190 81
24 CD Aden Flint 189 76
20 CD Dael Fry 181 72
5 LM Ryan Shotton 191 85
3 RM George Friend 188 83
16 AM Jonathan Howson 180 77
37 CM Muhamed Besic 180 75
8 CM Adam Clayton 175 75
19 AM Stewart Downing 180 64
9 CF Britt Assombalonga 177 76