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Middlesbrough vs Leeds predictions: Boro can hinder Whites' promotion push
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Liam Flin
Michael Carrick's Middlesbrough have gone unbeaten in their last nine games in the Championship.
Michael Carrick's Middlesbrough have gone unbeaten in their last nine games in the Championship.

- Middlesbrough have drawn four of their last six matches
- Leeds have posted just one win in their last five games
- Recommended bet: Draw

Leeds are firmly in the mix for automatic promotion from the Championship this season, but a run of three games without a win has cast doubts over their prospects.

United have failed to score in each of their last two games, against Sunderland and Blackburn, meaning they simply cannot afford another slip-up on Monday night.

However, opponents Middlesbrough could be a tough nut to crack given that they have not lost a Championship fixture since their first game of March.

Team news

Middlesbrough have a lengthy injury list with Paddy McNair, Hayden Hackney, Riley McGree, Marcus Forss and Dael Fry among those missing for the hosts.

Wilfried Gnonto will be hoping to play a full game for Leeds as he continues his full recovery from injury. Darko Gyabi and Pascal Struijk are expected to miss out.

The stats

Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last nine matches, with four of those fixtures having finished as draws.

Leeds are in a poor run of form, having taken just one point from their last three games against Coventry, Sunderland and Blackburn.

Only 10 of Leeds' 26 league wins have come away from home in the Championship this term.


Leeds have kept pace with Ipswich and Leicester for most of the season in the Championship, but they are two points off top spot and one point below second-placed Leicester, who have a game in hand.

The wheels have come off their promotion push recently with just one win recorded in their last five games and two successive matches without scoring will also be cause for concern for manager Daniel Farke.

Seven of their eight league defeats this season have come on the road and punters should not rush to back them on Monday night.

That said, it is also hard to get behind a Middlesbrough win in this contest.

Boro are on a nine-game unbeaten run, but four of their last six games have finished all square and they are in the midst of an injury crisis.

The likes of McNair, McGree and Fry are all unavailable, weakening Boro's position heading into this contest.

It is still mathematically possible for the Teessiders to squeeze into the play-offs, but it is unlikely and they may have to settle for a share of the spoils with Leeds at the Riverside Stadium.

Since the beginning of March, Leeds have drawn games with Huddersfield, Watford and Sunderland and recent form suggests they may lack the ruthlessness in the final third to secure the win in this game.

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