Football betting tips and predictions for Middlesbrough v Leeds in Saturday’s live TV football from the Championship.
Top of the table Middlesbrough host Leeds on Saturday lunchtime in the Championship and we have free football tips. The Teessiders were the last team to play in the division and they’re one of the first out again this weekend so will need to cope with the quick turnaround. Aitor Karanka has a well-stocked team with multiple players who can operate in a variety of positions and it is paying dividends this season.
A 1-1 draw with Birmingham was enough to send them top of the division and leapfrog Bournemouth and they get the chance to extend that lead against visitors from little over an hour down the road.
Leeds have improved of late and it appears that Neil Redfearn has steadied the ship and integrated a number of promising youngsters. There is still a little bit of uncertainty off the field, but on the pitch, performances have improved with 3 wins in the last 4 games including victories over Millwall, Reading and Huddersfield, conceding just 1 goal in the process. A 1-0 loss against Brentford was sandwiches in between, but even that result was respectable.
Boro have shown they can turn on the swashbuckling free-flowing champagne football when they need it, but they have proved they can also dig deep when required, as demonstrated against Blackpool on the horrendous Bloomfield Road pitch a week and a half ago.
Although, they might be slightly fatigued and perhaps get off to a sluggish start, I still think Boro will emerge victorious here. They will have too much firepower for Leeds and they concede few goals.
A Middlesbrough win is available at 4/7 with Ladbrokes and makes up our first weekend football betting tip.
This fixture often gets televised and there have been some disappointing encounters of late. Last season’s 0-0 was distinctly unmemorable whilst the same result was seconds from occurring in August before Billy Sharp sent Leeds fans into raptures. There was a further 0-0 in 2013 followed by a more exhilarating 2-1 to Middlesbrough. Generally speaking, these two teams know exactly how to cancel each other out and I am predicting the same may happen again.
As previously mentioned, Middlesbrough have a obstinate defence and I can’t see Leeds finding their shooting boots against the likes of Ben Gibson, Kenneth Omeruo and George Friend. Meanwhile, Leeds have only conceded 2 goals in the last 4 games and seem to have found the formula to prevent teams from finding the net.
For our next Middlesbrough v Leeds betting tip we’re on under 2.5 goals which is available at 20/23 at Boylesports.
With the game likely to be gritty and chances few and far between, it could come down to being decided by a set piece and there’s only one man to step up in a deadball situation. Grant Leadbitter is Boro’s penalty taker and is also handy when positioned over a free kick. He has been known to score from open play and he could be the man to net during the 90 minutes.
Take the 3/1 with Bet365 for Grant Leadbitter to score anytime in Middlesbrough v Leeds this Saturday afternoon.
Middlesbrough to win – 4/7 with Ladbrokes.
Under 2.5 goals – 20/23 with Boylesports.
Grant Leadbitter to score anytime – 3/1 with Bet365.
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