Preview: Middlesbrough v Leeds United

Preview: Middlesbrough v Leeds United

We preview Wednesday's encounter.

Leeds United travel to the Riverside Stadium to face relegation threatened Middlesbrough on Wednesday night (7:45pm). The Whites go into this fixture second in the league and are looking to make it three wins in a row. Middlesbrough have won just one game in their last 11 which came in a 1-0 win over Preston on New Year’s Day. Ex-Leeds defender Jonathan Woodgate is in charge for the visitors.

Manager/head coach

Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa

Middlesbrough: Jonathan Woodgate

League position

Leeds United: 2nd

Middlesbrough: 21st 

Top scorer

Leeds United: Patrick Bamford (12)

Middlesbrough: Ashley Fletcher (10)

Head to head

Leeds United wins: 39

Draws: 29

Middlesbrough wins: 32

Last time at Elland Road

Middlesbrough 1 (Wing 47) Leeds United 1 (Phillips 90+11) –Saturday 9th February 2019 (Sky Bet Championship)

Team news

Leeds will be without ex-Boro player Adam Forshaw who is recovering from surgery, whilst head coach Marcelo Bielsa optimistic Kiko Casilla and Kalvin Phillips will be fit. Jonathan Woodgate’s side are without duo Daniel Ayala and Dael Fry whilst Anfernee Dijksteel may return from injury for the Teesiders.


Gavin Ward

The key battle

Mateusz Klich v Lewis Wing

Mateusz Klich will be looking to win the midfield battle as he comes up against Middlesbrough local boy Lewis Wing on Wednesday. Klich has played 82 consecutive Championship games for the Whites and will be looking to continue his impressive season. Wing has made 31 appearances for Boro this season and has scored six goals. Wing was on the score sheet the last time the two teams sides met at the Riverside Stadium.

Latest odds

Leeds United: 19/4

Draw: 58/19

Middlesbrough: 7/10

(Odds correct at time of article published)