After finishing last season one place outside of the play-offs, Simon Grayson hoped this season would see Leeds marching on together back into the big time.
But after an opening-day hiding at Southampton, it suddenly seemed a more likely route out of the Championship would be through the trapdoor.
The Whites were lucky to only lose 3-1 down on the south coast with Andy O’Brien looking every bit the rusty 32-year-old Premier League relic.
They shipped in two more goals in the narrow midweek Carling Cup win over Bradford and bwin’s 3Way football betting market has them at a short-priced 21/20 to get their campaign going over Tony Mowbray’s Middlesbrough.
The Teesiders only got themselves off to a draw against crisis club Portsmouth – who could only name four substitutes for the game.
They fared better in their Carling Cup clash, breezing past Walsall 3-0 with dynamic dutchman Marvin Emnes grabbing a hat-trick to add to the opening-day strike he got against Pompey.
Leeds are notoriously porous at the back having conceded 70 times in the Championship last year and without the goals of Davide Somma, Luciano Becchio and Billy Paynter, you can back Emnes and the Boro boys at an enticing 11/5 to add to Grayson’s gripes, with the draw also priced at 11/5.
Furthermore, Boro have a decent record when winding down the north Yorkshire A-roads. They drew 1-1 at Elland Road last season and the last time Leeds beat them on home turf was back in 2002, when tweeting was just a twinkle in Rio Ferdinand’s eye.
With Leeds’ dodgy defence and stricken strikers, back Boro to edge it. New customers who sign up for a bwin account are entitled to a £25 free bet and utilising that on a 2-1 Middlesbrough win could bring you home a tasty £287.50.
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