Middlsbrough had all the chances to walk away with a three pointer last Saturday afternoon against Sunderland, at least on the paper before the game, but the side managed to take just a point in a 3:3 game.
Their hosts took the lead in eleventh minute via Asoro, but quickly stood playing with a man less, same thing that happened for the visitors when Traore got red carded, however the guests responded with far better approach in the second halftime.
Bamford in 50th and Leadbitter from the penalty kick in 53rd minute have reverted the scoreline completely, just to see Williams leveling up in 58th minute. Bamford scored his second in 68th minute for the Middlesbrough’s lead again, while the hosts pushed much for the equalizer and deservedly got it in fifth minute of additional time via McManaman.
After this point taken, Middlesbrough is now continuing to be at eight position for the moment, having three points less than Sheffield United and remaining in a must win position for this one.
Assombalonga should lead their attack in 4-2-3-1 formation with Bamford, Harrison and Traore as offensive midfielders. Adama Traore will be available for this one, after his red card being overturned by the FA on appeal. Left back Fabio (18/1) is injured for this one, as well as forward Rudy Gestede (19/3).
After nine matches in Championship without a single victory recorded, players of Leeds have improved well and took a three pointer in a 1:0 victory at home over Brentford last Saturday afternoon. Only goal was scored back in 31st minute via Cooper, in a game that didn’t look that much interesting.
It looked generally like a balanced one, with the visitors having much more of the ball possession but failing to convert it into more dangerous situations overall in order to level up the result.
After their first three pointer in months, players of Leeds are at eleventh position at the table having six points less than Sheffield United and only a victory here could improve their chances of getting back into the promotional play-off positions race.
Guests are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation as well, using Dallas, Alioski and Saiz as offensive midfielders, plus Lasogga as central striker. Right back Luke Ayling (26/0) is injured, as well as midfielder Conor Shaughnessy (9/0). Forward Tyler Roberts (no performance so far) is injured as well, with offensive Pablo Hernandez (31/4) and Kemar Roofe (30/9) being both doubtful for the clash.
~ Leeds are undefeated in their last 3 matches.
Leeds did well in recent couple of matches, but the side will need to improve a lot in order to stand any chance of going back into the race for the play-off positions. Middlesbrough lost their three pointer last time out in a bit unlucky way and should aim to bounce back here in style. They should be able to get the victory easy or hard, against quite unimpressive Leeds away from home.