Leeds United vs Middlesbrough: Preview, Predicted Lineups and Prediction
Venue: Elland Road
Kick-off: 07:45 PM GMT / 02:45 PM EST
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Leeds United have endured another mediocre season so far and although things have improved a bit since the arrival of Steve Evans to replace Uwe Rosler back in October, the Whites look very unlikely to be challenging for a Playoff finish this season.
Nonetheless, Evans has made it clear that he wants his side to end the season on a high and a win against high flyers Middlesbrough on Monday night would be a very good way to restore morale within the squad following their deflating defeat against Nottingham Forest last time out.
Injury Doubts: Chris Wood, Gaetano Berardi, Mustapha Carayol (Ineligible), Ross Turnbull
Leeds United Probable Lineup: Silvestri, Bellusci, Cooper, Wootton, Taylor, Diagouraga, Bridcutt, Dallas, Cook, Antenucci, Doukara
Middlesbrough looked like certainties to finish in one of the automatic promotion places in the Championship this season but a recent run of four matches without a single victory has meant that Boro are now anything but assured of promotion.
With Middlesbrough having relinquished their top spot to Hull City recently, manager Aitor Karanka will now surely be demanding his players to get back to winning ways as soon as possible but a clash against an erratic Leeds United side will be anything but straightforward.
Injury Doubts: George Friend, Daniel Ayala, Alex Baptise, Damia Abella
Middlesbrough Probable Lineup: Konstantopoulos; De Laet, Gibson, Kalas, Nsue; Downing, Leadbitter, Ramírez, Forshaw; Rhodes, Nugent
Leeds United have lost only once in their last five encounters against Middlesbrough but it was Boro who came out 3-0 victors in the corresponding fixture earlier on in the season.
With both sides showing inconsistent form, it is difficult to pinpoint a clear winner ahead of the game but Middlesbrough need the victory more than Leeds do and should have enough about them to claim the three points on the night.
Leeds United 1 – 2 Middlesbrough