Before moving onto this preview, I should point that I’m a Middlesbrough fan, so obviously this piece will be written with a sense of forbidding gloom.
Yes, Middlesbrough may be fifth in the table and Leeds are tenth, but even then as a Boro supporter you still think, “Yeah, fifth for now. Come Christmas we’ll probably be out of the play-offs, and going in the wrong direction.” Admittedly, there’s normally a lot more swearing, but I can’t really write that down.
Given Boro’s position, and Leeds’s recent poor form (they have lost their last three matches), both sides need the points.
Leeds United v Middlesbrough is on Sky Main Event and Sky Football at 13.00 (kick-off at 13.15).