Leeds United will be hosting Middlesbrough tonight in a live Sky Sports game that is sure to bring up an intense fixture, along with plenty of controversy surrounding Elland Road.
With both clubs looking to gain some form in the league, this match will serve as a major morale boost for either club, should they claim three points. Travellers Middlesbrough will be looking to continue their title challenge in the Championship. Aitor Karanka’s side are winless in 5 and are desperate to see the return of their winter form that saw them join the summit of the Championship.
Whereas Leeds will be looking to right some wrongs, having lost their recent home game against Cardiff City. Head coach Steve Evans will be hoping to get the fans on side while controversy about the club’s owners surrounds the club.
Evans will want the fans around to support the players in the hope that it can boost his current squad into picking up some wins, or he could be out of a job.
There will also be plenty of media attention on the fans tonight, with the club’s followers set to step up their protests against the club’s owner Massimo Cellino. The fans recently took out a billboard add next to the ground claiming the enigmatic owner had broken promises he had given to the fans. With a big protest and other things planned, this game will be one you don’t want to miss.
In selection news, Leeds will be without main striker Chris Wood and Gaetano Berardi, but could see the return of Luke Murphy, Alex Mowatt and Sol Bamba, who are all heading for recalls.
Title challengers Boro will be waiting till the 11th hour to see if centre-back Daniel Ayala will be fit enough to start. Recent signing Richie De Laet is set to debut for the club with George Friend ruled out with a shoulder injury.
With Leeds unbeaten at home against Boro in their last 4 fixtures and the travelling side not playing well enough, this game really could go either way.
Middlesbrough fans will be hoping to see Guiseppe Bellusci starting at Elland Road, with the Italian having a nightmare at the Riverside earlier on in the season, with the game ending 3-0 to the home side.