Kick-off: 1945, 31/08/2018
Stadium: Elland Road
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Leeds vs Middlesbrough
Leeds and Middlesbrough are joint-top of the Championship table after five rounds of fixtures but our Trueform chart suggests that United have been more impressive so far.
New manager Marcelo Bielsa has brought high-tempo tactics to Elland Road and that is fancied to give them the edge over the more pragmatic game-plan of Tony Pulis.
We’re firmly in favour of a home win at 6/5 as our first Leeds vs Middlesbrough prediction.
A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds
Former Argentina and Chile boss Bielsa has been a breath of fresh air at Leeds and hopes are rapidly rising that he can finally lead the club back to the promised land of the Premier League.
The 63-year-old suffered a first defeat when United were beaten by Preston in the EFL Cup on Tuesday but he has enjoyed a dream start in the Championship.
Last weekend’s impressive 3-0 triumph at Norwich made it four wins and a draw in this division, all gained playing entertaining football.
With Spanish playmaker Pablo Hernandez pulling the strings, Leeds have been easy on the eye and very effective.
Looking at the 5/2 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game is good value, as all five of United’s league matches have produced at least three scores.
A Look At Middlesbrough’s Betting Odds
Middlesbrough bring other admirable qualities to the table, with four straight clean-sheet victories recorded in the Championship since an opening 2-2 draw at Millwall.
Daniel Ayala’s stoppage-time strike secured a 1-0 triumph over a West Brom outfit which had netted 11 times in their previous two league fixtures.
However, Albion did enjoy 62 per cent of the possession at the Riverside and Boro may struggle to hold Leeds at bay if allowing a similar scenario here.
The visitors do have the attacking firepower to pose problems, with strike partners Britt Assombalonga and Martin Braithwaite both having started the season well.
But we still believe 17/2 for a 2-1 home win is the way to go in our Leeds vs Middlesbrough betting tips.
LEEDS 0-2 Preston
MIDDLESBROUGH 2-1 Rochdale – Marvin Johnson, Jordan Hugill
Head-to-head: Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds, Leeds 2-1 Middlesbrough
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