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Middlesbrough v Leeds: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Following Norwich’s draw on Saturday, Middlesbrough’s chances of making the play-offs are all but over, but they could still have a huge say on the rest of the Championship season. 

They take on Leeds on Monday and anything other than a win for the Whites would leave them on the backfoot in the race for automatic promotion following Leicester’s win on Saturday. 

It promises to be an exciting game and despite there being 24 points between the pair in the standings, things may be a lot closer than many expect at the Riverside. 

Middlesbrough v Leeds

Middlesbrough v Leeds betting tips and predictions

Middlesbrough or draw double chance - 19/20 

Middlesbrough have endured an overall disappointing season following last term’s heights of reaching the play-offs, but Michael Carrick’s second year at the Riverside looks to be ending on a high after nine games without defeat and building momentum ahead of the 2024/25 campaign will be of most importance to the young manager. 

Their nine-match unbeaten run has included draws with promotion-chasing duo Southampton and Ipswich, as well as a convincing 3-1 victory over Norwich. Carrick is an expert tactician who seems to know exactly how to earn results in the biggest of games, as shown by the aforementioned trio of results as well Boro’s double over Leicester and first-leg victory against Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final. 

And, notably, Middlesbrough have already given Leeds a scare this season. The Whites eventually ran out 3-2 winners in December, but if Anfernee Dijksteel hadn’t been sent off early in the second half, Carrick’s men could have gone on to earn at least a point at Elland Road. 

After putting together an almighty 15-match Championship unbeaten run to take the driving seat in the promotion race, Leeds arrive at the Riverside on the back of three games without a win. The Whites lost last time out against struggling Blackburn following a defeat at Coventry and a draw with Sunderland. 

Daniel Farke’s side are stuttering at precisely the wrong time and a trip to the Riverside, a ground where Leeds have won just one of their last four visits, may not provide the remedy to their faltering form. 

Boro have already damaged Leicester’s, Ipswich’s and Southampton’s promotion hopes in the past few months and they could complete the set by earning at least a point against an out-of-form Leeds on Monday. 

Emmanuel Latte Lath to score - 11/4 

If Boro are to be successful against Leeds, they will likely need a few goals. The Whites have netted 16 goals in their last eight away games suggesting the hosts will need to find the net with some frequency on Monday. 

Luckily for Carrick and co, they have one of the most in-form forwards in the league at their disposal and their flying marksman could impact proceedings against Leeds - and not for the first time this season. 

Emmanuel Latte Lath has enjoyed a mixed first season at the RIverside, with his form up-and-down for the majority of the campaign. However, due in part to an injury to fellow striker Josh Coburn, the Ivorian is beginning to hit form for Boro. 

He has scored four goals in his last three games, striking in each of those fixtures, and has netted four of Boro’s last five goals in total. Given he bagged a brace in the reverse fixture, the in-form Ivorian rates an appealing choice to get himself on the scoresheet on Monday.  

Anfernee Dijksteel to be booked - 4/1 

Luke Ayling has been excellent for Middlesbrough since joining on loan in January, but he will be unavailable on Monday as Boro take on his parent club. 

Prior to his arrival, right-back had been a bit of a problem position for Carrick, with their only natural in the role, Dijksteel, failing to convince, leading to the likes of Rav van den Berg having to deputise there until the signing of Ayling. 

However, Dael Fry is injured and Paddy McNair is a doubt so Van den Berg will be needed in a more central role, meaning Dijksteel could be in line for a first league start since September. 

The Suriname international will no doubt be rusty after so long without a start, and a matchup with newly crowned EFL Championship Player of the Year Crysencio Summerville is not one he would have been hoping for on his return. 

Dijksteel received two yellow cards in the reverse fixture and considering he is lacking match fitness and up against the league’s best player who boasts bundles of pace and tricks, he could find his name in the referee’s book against the Whites again on Monday. 

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Middlesbrough v Leeds odds

Middlesbrough - 16/5
Draw -
14/5
Leeds -
4/5

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